Coach Neil Henry has today given his final word ahead of the match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium tomorrow night.
The major challenge will come from the middle of the park where all three Burgess brothers have been named to start.
“They’re a big team who like to play a power game and then they roll off the back of that,” Henry said. “Adam Reynolds has a good kicking game and they’ve got a bit of size across the park.”
With Chris McQueen named at five-eighth for the match, more pressure will fall on halfback Ash Taylor as the primary and sole play-maker.
“Chris will rotate around there and it gives an opportunity for Ash to play on both sides. We didn’t have many options (in regards to the McQueen selection) as AJ Brimson has a broken hand and it’s too soon for Jamal Fogarty.”
“As I said, it’s a good opportunity for Ash and with him being there on both sides, it’ll alleviate a bit of pressure from Pat (Politoni) as well.”
Fogarty was named in the initial 21-man squad on Tuesday but Henry believes it is simply too soon to throw the new recruit into NRL side.
“It was all a bit of a rush. Jamal won’t play. He only arrived on the Coast last week and there is a bit of paperwork to be done.”