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Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, Round 24, James Tedesco, Sam Walker, team, injured list, Trent Robinson

When the 2021 draw dropped, the Rabbitohs and Roosters would have circled one particular game: This Friday’s blockbuster battle.

Sure, they faced off in Round 3, but there’s nothing like a clash with your arch-rivals in the second last round of the regular season to gauge where you’re truly at ahead of finals.

Except Roosters coach Trent Robinson probably thought during pre-season he’d be fielding his strongest line-up, give or take perhaps one, maybe two players that might have needed a rest.

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But this week, Robinson couldn’t even name a 21-man squad. He named 20, with Lachie Lam — a half — in the centres, Ben Marschke — a guy that started the year in the Ron Massey Cup — in the No.14 jersey and Brad Abbey — a train and trial player — on the wing to play his first NRL game since 2018.

Such is the nature of the Roosters’…

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