For the Gold Coast Titans, it will be recovery on the run.
But there could be some light at the end of the tunnel with halves Ash Taylor (quad) and Tyrone Roberts (achilles) returning from injury.
After the 16th-ranked side pushed unbeaten South Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Sunday despite losing 28-20, they have a five-day turn around now on top of lengthy travel.
The Titans are due to play their round four game against the Warriors in Auckland.
The good news is coach Garth Brennan hinted he might have his starting halves available.
"Very close," Brennan said when asked for an update.
"They'll be on the plane tomorrow."
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The Titans planned to spend Sunday night in Sydney and fly to New Zealand on Monday.
"By the time we went back to the Gold Coast tonight and then fly again on Wednesday, the boys wouldn't get a day off.
"So we'll fly straight to New Zealand tomorrow. Ash and Tyrone are flying from the Gold Coast and will meet us over there. We're taking a squad of 21.
"That's not to say they'll definitely play but they trained well yesterday. We'll see how they pull up over there.
"We'll probably only have a very light session on Tuesday to get a bit of soreness out and then a captain's run [Thursday] and that's about it.
"I've already spoken to the boys about it. Our recovery starts now. If we are lucky to have some inclusions on Friday, we'll then have some fresh players.
"But we'll be ready to go. We won't be using [travel, turnaround] as an excuse. That's why we're going over tomorrow to get well prepared."
The Titans are the only team without a win so far in 2019. But they came close against the Rabbitohs fighting back from 12-0 and 18-4 down to be within a try (24-20) with 16 minutes left to play.
But a 9-1 penalty count against them did not help matters.
"We can talk about our halves not being there but we've got to be more controlled with the ball and more disciplined…. a leg pull, hand on the ball, offside by a metre.
"The penalty count hurt us today and I'm not blaming the referees. We've got to be better.
"I don't have to challenge the players much. They are a proud bunch of footballers – they want to work hard, they're not happy where we 0-3.
"They're disappointed but we're also two points out of the eight. So we're not that far off. We're working hard and just need a little luck to turn our way."