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Souths roll judiciary dice with Luke

Greg Inglis is confident South Sydney will cope without Adam Reynolds and also possibly Issac Luke in Thursday's NRL final round blockbuster against premiers Sydney Roosters.
Souths roll judiciary dice with Luke
by AAP

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, Sept 1 AAP - Greg Inglis is confident South Sydney will cope without Adam Reynolds and also possibly Issac Luke in Thursday's NRL final round blockbuster against premiers Sydney Roosters.

The Rabbitohs rolled the dice with Luke on Monday, risking losing the hooker for two matches after deciding to contest his dangerous contact charge at a NRL judiciary hearing on Wednesday evening.

Luke was cited for kicking out in Canterbury skipper Michael Ennis' tackle in last Thursday's 21-14 win over the Bulldogs.

He would have received a one-match ban if he took an early guilty plea but will be free to play against the Roosters at Allianz Stadium if the club's challenge is successful.

If they lose the case on Wednesday, he'll miss week one of the finals as well as Thursday's game.

Souths currently sit second on the ladder, only narrowly ahead of the Roosters on points difference.

Halfback Reynolds has pleaded guilty to his grade-one dangerous throw charge and will miss Thursday's game, which could potentially produce the winner of the minor premiership.

Captain John Sutton is in line to return from injury for the Rabbitohs and is set to play at five-eighth, with Luke Keary expected to shift to halfback to cover the loss of Reynolds.

Young hooker Apisai Koroisau is set to replace Luke, if sidelined, and although Inglis admitted it would be a blow to have both players out he was confident the squad was good enough to manage without them.

"No matter who is there they'll do a job," fullback Inglis said on Monday.

"We do train with back-ups so when things like this happen there's someone there."




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