The Sharks have been dealt a major blow ahead of their semi-final against the Rabbitohs as two star players have been ruled out through injury.
Powerhouse center Siasifa Talakai (rib) and prop Royce Hunt (calf) will be sidelined, forcing coach Craig Fitzgibbon to make some key changes to his side.
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The Rabbitohs will also not be at full strength with Tom Burgess out through suspension.
The versatile Connor Treacy moves into the center of Talakai’s team with Lockie Miller coming out on the wing, while Brayden Hamlin-Uele starts up front and veteran Aiden Tolman joins the bench.
The Rabbitohs have Michael Chi Kam on the Burgess bench, but coach Jason Demetriou has been tipped to replace him with young gun Davi Moale to add to the tally.
It will be survival of the fittest as both teams come off a tough first week of finals.
The Sharks missed the week off after losing to the Cowboys by two points in a thrilling 93-minute battle on home soil.
Meanwhile, the Rabbitohs endured a sudden death clash with the Roosters that included seven bunker sins.
The superstar trio of Latrell Mitchell, Cody Walker and Cameron Murray proved to be the difference in a high-pressure game that forced the top two to keep their composure.
Saturday’s semi-final with the Sharks won’t be as emotional as when they met old foes the Roosters, but there is no place left in the preliminary final.
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