FINALS WK 1 | Tuesday update
Less than 100 per cent fit, Ben Barba sat out last Sunday’s game against Manly as he continues his recovery from an ankle strain.
At a pinch, Barba could have taken to the field last weekend, however medical staff took the cautious approach in ensuring the star utility would be firing on all cylinders come week one of the finals.
Will Coach Shane Flanagan name Barba in his team today, and if so, where?
The Fifita twins will also be available for selection, with Andrew and David due back on deck after missing the past six games due to suspension.
Andrew had a slight injury setback last week with a calf muscle issue, however he too will be ready to go if and when required on Sunday.
How will Flanagan fit them into his squad for the Rabbitohs match this weekend.
The Sharks team will be announced at 5.00pm today.
And as far as their opponents go, Souths have a concern over a potential suspension for prop George Burgess.
In what are bizarre circumstances, Burgess was charged by the match review committee for contrary conduct, for throwing a water bottle in the direction of Rooster forward Kane Evans.
For his misdemeanour the grade two charge could see Burgess missing two matches, however Souths have decided to challenge the grading of the charge at a match review hearing on Wednesday night. Even with a downgrade, Burgess would miss the Sharks clash on Sunday.
The Rabbits will already be without hooker Isaac Luke who has one week still to serve after being outed for two matches for a shoulder charge in round 25.
As with the Sharks, the Rabbitohs team will be made public via the NRL.com or Souths website at 5.00pm.
Stay tuned to the Sharks website for transport information, with buses to leave from Sharkies Leagues club en-route to Allianz Stadium on Sunday.
Ticketing and corporate seating information will also be made available.
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