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Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles: Old foes square off

The Rabbitohs turned the finals series on its head with a shock win over Penrith in the opening week of the finals, ending the chances of another Panthers-Storm premiership decider.

Instead, South Sydney or Manly will advance from this Friday's clash at Suncorp Stadium following two sensational attacking performances from these clubs.

Earlier this season the Rabbitohs became the first team in premiership history to score 30 points in eight consecutive matches.

Stat Attack: Manly boast speed edge but Roosters have experience

As the teams prepare to meet in Friday night's sudden-death semi-final, Telstra Tracker data has provided some key statistical insights.

While none of the Roosters back five have been clocked at more than 33.8km/h this season (with centre Adam Keighran the quickest of the lot), the star Sea Eagles trio have routinely surpassed 35km/h.

In Saab's case, that's merely a cruising speed given the 20-year-old winger has reached a personal best of 38km/h in 2021. Only Melbourne Storm flyer Josh Addo-Carr (38.1km/h) has gone quicker.

Sea Eagles v Roosters: Rival hookers under a cloud

Manly will be keen to re-establish their finals credentials after an embarrassing 40-12 hiding at the hands of Melbourne. It will be a long week for the Sea Eagles to prove they are not a side that will wilt for a second time in row. 

One thing is certain. Manly will want more ball than the 39% possession they had against the Storm - or 10 sets fewer than the 39 Melbourne enjoyed.

The weight of possession against Des Hasler's men could be seen by the fact Kenny Bromwich (28) was the Storm's highest tackler, while Manly's best Jake Trbojevic had to work a lot harder (48).

Brandon cleared of facial fracture as Storm fulfil Hasler prophecy

Hasler looked a right Nostradamus as Brandon Smith ran riot in a three-try, 13-minute opening barrage that skewered the Sea Eagles, and doubly so by Saturday morning when the NRL's number one No.9 reported fears of a facial fracture could be put to bed.

Manly prepare for Turbo's time in the garage

Mystery surrounds Trbojevic's immediate playing future after a high shot from Maika Sivo led to the gun No.1 coming from the field during Saturday's 56-10 thrashing of Parramatta.

A recurrence of a previous facial fracture appears to have spared Manly a more severe blow but is likely to mean the gun No.1 is not risked in coming weeks.

Trbojevic in a class of his own as Sea Eagles sink Sharks

Apart from his tries, Trbojevic tormented the Sharks with three line breaks, another four line break assists, three try assists, five off-loads, 14 tackle-busts, all on top of running for 217 metres. Little wonder coach Des Hasler gave him an early shower.

It gave Manly their 12th win against the Sharks in their past 14 meetings.

Cronulla cling to the top eight in eighth spot, but are now one of five teams stuck on 18 competition points all trying to jag a finals spot.

Barrett: Sea Eagles face tough task shedding players

Despite Barrett's best intentions to shield his players from the fallout of the $750,000 fine and $660,000 in cap deductions over 2018-19 announced on Monday, he has 12 players off contract at the end of this year – seven are in the 17 he named to face the Canberra Raiders at Lottoland on Saturday.

"We've spoken as a group about it and we'll do our best to keep them informed about what’s going on," Barrett said on Friday.

"As I understand it the club did lodge an appeal last night (Thursday) so who knows what's going to happen.

NRL hands down heavy sanctions to Manly over salary cap breaches

The club has been fined $750,000 and two officials - chief operating officer Neil Bare and former CEO Joe Kelly, who is now the boss at the Sydney Roosters - receiving 12-month bans.

Manly will also have a $660,000 penalty applied to their salary cap for this season and the 2019 Telstra Premiership.

The breaches involve 13 players over five years, totalling $1.5 million.

Why Manly has given third chance Moses Suli an NRL lifeline

A confronting reality for a kid who’s still only 19.

Moses Suli is expected to front for training on Monday as he restarts his career with Manly.

The troubled teen has agreed to a bottom dollar one-year-deal.

It was an easy offer for the Sea Eagles to make.

Just like Canterbury, the Sea Eagles are well aware of his past and the challenges they may face, but they didn’t hesitate in offering the NRL lifeline.

Why? Because a usually reserved and shy Suli is on his last legs and joining a team filled with his closest friends.

Sacked $1.3 million teen Moses Suli agrees terms to join Manly Sea Eagles, his third club in a month

The terms of the deal, which was sealed late Friday night, weren’t disclosed but Suli is expected to start training with his new Sea Eagles teammates on Monday.

Suli was sacked by the Bulldogs on Wednesday after a nightmare stint at Belmore that was marked by laziness and a lack of desire to put in for his massive contract.

Suli and his manager were spotted with Manly officials at Narrabeen on Thursday morning to discuss an NRL lifeline.