Johnston shifts to fullback to replace injured Inglis
SOUTHS coach Michael Maguire has entrusted the fullback duties to Alex Johnston against Brisbane tomorrow night while superstar Greg Inglis recovers from a minor knee clean-out.
Joel Reedy gets a call-up on the wing while Souths will be boosted by the suspension comeback of crafty hooker Issac Luke and playmaker Luke Keary in the halves.
Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett has had the luxury of naming the same 17 players who went down narrowly 12-10 last weekend to the Roosters, who have been forced to make several
changes for their heavyweight clash with Manly to cover for injury and suspension.
Rugged prop Sam Moa makes a timely return for prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, who won't play again this season after a knee injury, Jackson Hastings replaces injured No.7 Mitchell Pearce, while the very versatile and dangerous Mitch Aubison comes into the centres for suspended Origin star Michael Jennings.
Manly coach Geoff Toovey also has had to reshuffle his pack after a knee injury to hooker Matt Ballin, Blake Leary coming in at dummy half, Ligi Sao shifting to lock and big Willie Mason returning from suspension at prop.
Parramatta gets inspirational leader Tim Mannah back for its clash with Cron
ulla, buoyant after a big win over the Tigers and chasing a top-four finish.
The Eels plan to play
spoiler again as they did against Manly last week in a bid to finish 2015 on a positive note for the club which will rebuild further next season.
The other major changes come in Paul Green's Cowboys line-up with Ben Hannant coming in for prop James Tamou (neck) and Ray Thompson for Michael Morgan (high-ankle sprain).