Bennett cool over Mitchell loss

22 April 2021 18:51:40 GMTPlus10

South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett says the Rabbitohs will cope just fine without star fullback Latrell Mitchell after he copped a four-game ban.

The 23-year-old was charged for three separate incidents during the win over Wests Tigers last week and the NRL judiciary have not held back.

Mitchell will miss this weekend's game against the Titans plus another three on top, but Bennett says they coped without him last year when he was injured and will do again.

"We played a lot of games last year without him. We got the job done," Bennett said ahead of the game.
"I don't think anybody's lacking any confidence here that we're going to be able to move on and get it done."

In the absence of Mitchell, Souths will move Alex Johnston to fullback and Jaxson Paulo comes on to the wing as they go in search of their sixth win on the bounce.

The Bunnies are in hot form but they will have to be on their guard against a Titans side that are wounded following a 36-0 loss to Manly last week and will be keen to bounce back.

And Bennett says he has warned his players about a potential backlash on Friday night.

"I'm pretty certain they'll want to make up for what they did last week. That makes them pretty formidable," Bennett added.

"They've had a pretty good start the season, they just had a bad weekend and they'll want to prove to everybody that's not who they are. We'll have quite a game on our hands."

Souths are priced at 1.45 to beat the Gold Coast Titans.

South Sydney are priced at 5.00 to win the NRL grand final.

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