Rabbitohs defiant in face of record Origin exodus

Steve Zemek

South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold says he is grateful to have strong depth to replace the Rabbitohs' club record four State of Origin representatives for Friday's NRL match against Cronulla.

The Rabbitohs will be without skipper Greg Inglis, Dane Gagai, Angus Crichton and Damien Cook at ANZ Stadium, while the Sharks are missing just Valentine Holmes.

But Seibold points to the quality of fill-ins Robbie Farah and Adam Doueihi as proof they can get the job done.

"It's really special for the club, especially Greg captaining Queensland, it's great recognition for his leadership," Seibold said.

"Dane, being the Wally Lewis medallist last year he was probably a shoo-in. But for Cookie and Angus, it's great reward for their form.

"I'm really proud of those guys."

Farah now shapes as key to the Rabbitohs' chances over the Origin period after being forced to toil in reserve grade for the first half of the season.

Robbie Farah has been charged with getting the job done for a Rabbitohs team missing Origin stars. Pic: Supplied

The Blues' hooker just two short years ago, Farah has been stuck behind Cook this year.

Similarly, young utility Doueihi, who would get a start at most other clubs, will get his chance to fill in for Inglis at fullback.

"The Sharks are really gritty, I've watched them play really intently the last three or four games," Seibold said.

"They attacked very well on the weekend but they're a very tough side.

"We've tried to base our side around principles. Regardless of who's in the jersey, their job doesn't change. It's almost a next-man-up mentality.

"There's a couple guys getting opportunities that haven't had too many so far. It's great to bring back Robbie Farah to replace Damien Cook."