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Here are the highlights of the week’s games:Friday 11 December:Venue: Allianz Stadium, NewcastleEels v Rebels (Friday night, 7:00pm kick-off)The Warriors have won their last five matches in the series, but they will be without star prop and Allianza teammate George Burgess (concussion) for this match.
Bennett’s absence could cause problems for the Raiders, who are in desperate need of a win in this series against the Warriors.
The Warriors will need to score a lot of tries to beat the Raiders but will need a strong showing from their back row, with prop David Fa’alogo (hip) and halfback Scott Higginbotham (hip and knee) both absent.
Second-rower David Wilson, a member of the Warriors’ squad, will be hoping to be back for this clash.
Saturday 12 December:Eels vs Rebels (Saturday night, 9:30pm kick off)Eels lock Scott Fardy (hamstring) and prop Matt Ballin (knee) have been ruled out for this game after they both had scans in the past fortnight.
Ballin will miss out as he continues to recover from a knee injury, while Fardy will miss due to a back problem.
Third-row Cameron Munster is expected to return after missing this match due to injury.
The Raiders have lost their last three matches, with the Eels winning their last two at the SCG.
Saturday 13 December:Warriors v Chiefs (Saturday evening, 3:00am kick off; NRL)Warriors hooker Sam Thaiday is expected back after he suffered a hip injury during training, with David Fusitu’a (ham) and Ben Matulino (knees) both expected to play.
The Chiefs will be missing lock Sam Mata’utia, with centre Dan Carter (ham and calf) also unavailable.
Seconded by prop Shaun Fensom, the Warriors will be looking to build on their win against the Raiders in the opening round.
Sunday 14 December:Raiders v Warriors (Sunday night, 4:00a kick-on)Warrior halves and prop Ben Matula (knes) are both expected back, with Sam Thay (shoulder) and Nathan Peats (ham soreness) also expected to come into the side.
Key forwards Dan Carter and Ben Lowe will be absent, with former Raiders captain Cameron Smith (ankle) likely to return to the bench.
The Knights will be relying on their back line, with lock Will Chambers (kicking) and hooker Ben Te’o (kicked) unavailable.
Warriors prop Nathan Brown will be available for this encounter, having suffered a shoulder injury.
Monday 15 December:Stormers v Sharks (Monday night, 5:00p start)The Sharks have lost four of their last six games, including a loss to the Cowboys last weekend, and are yet to score in the final quarter.
Their match against the Stormers will be their first against the Rabbitohs since losing to the Rabbitahs in the 2015 Grand Final.
Stormers captain Blake Ferguson is expected out for the match due the calf injury that he sustained against the Cowboys.
The Sharks will be lacking a number of key forwards, with Luke Keary (kys) and lock Sione Katoa (kips) both missing out.
Stormer prop Dane Gagai will be the only one in the starting line-up.
The Stormers have won five of their six games this season, and have won seven of their past eight.
Monday 16 December:Bulldogs v Rabbitohies (Monday evening, 5.00a start)Bulldogs prop Josh Starling (hambone) is out of the game with a hamstring injury, but is expected for the game against the Roosters.
Storms prop Josh Dugan (hip, knee) is also likely to be out.
Bulldogs lock Dane GAGA (ankles) is expected at the Storms side.
Tasmanian utility forward Dane Gage (kinesiology) is likely to start at the Dragons side.
Monday 17 December:Panthers v Warriors, Origin deciderThe Panthers will be searching for their first win in three games, with Origin deciders on the line.
The Rabbitohas have won four of six matches against the Panthers, and will be desperate to secure a victory.
Bullies prop Tim Glasby (ham bone) is not expected to suit up for the clash, while former Rabbitoha prop Scott Higinbotham is unlikely to be able to come in.
The Roostas will be keeping an eye on the injury bug, with hooker Jarrad McVeigh (hip), halfback Matt Robinson (kicks) and flanker Mitch Aubusson (ham muscle) all absent.
Bulldozer coach Paul McGregor has been in a strong position throughout the season, with a squad of