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Souths play down Latrell’s early mark

South Sydney are playing down Latrell Mitchell’s training walk-off, adamant their superstar fullback will play in Friday night’s NRL blockbuster with the Sydney Roosters.

Mitchell trudged off Redfern Oval barely halfway through Tuesday’s session but didn’t show any signs of an injury.

Losing the former NSW State of Origin representative would be a huge blow.

But the Rabbitohs insist Mitchell will be on deck against his old club and Souths’ fiercest rivals at Stadium Australia.

Veteran playmaker Benji Marshall said coach Wayne Bennett was just giving his star No.1 an easier week after two gruelling matches to start 2021.

“He’s good mate. He’s got Wayne in his back pocket. Wayne told him to have a rest for the weekend,” Marshall said.

“He’ll be sweet.”

If there are any injury concerns, the Rabbitohs aren’t letting on, with back-rower Jadyn Su’A sticking to Marshall’s line.

“I think he’s fine. He does what he wants so he got the early mark today and he gets to chill out for the rest of the day now,” Su’A said, adding that Mitchell’s superstar status helps get him preferential treatment.

Assuming he’s fit, Mitchell’s fullback duel with his former Sydney Roosters teammate James Tedesco looms as a cracker.

“They’re both at the top of their game, and for very different reasons. They both play very differently,” Marshall said.

“For us, we’re just worried about Latrell being Latrell Mitchell and how he plays for us.

“As you can see from the first couple of rounds, he’s doing a pretty good job at that.

“Teddy plays very differently to Latrell but we love having Latrell in the team.”

Marshall also insisted Souths halfback Adam Reynolds would be right to tackle the Roosters after being concussed in Saturday night’s win over Manly.

Asked if he was ready to take control of the Rabbitohs if Reynolds failed to meet concussion protocols, Marshall said: “I won’t have to. Reyno will be sweet”.

“So I’ll just be sitting from the bench watching the boys play for about 40 and then see what happens.

“This is my 19th season so whatever I have to do, I’ll just go on and do it.

“Even if I’m on there, Cody (Walker) is the one who calls the plays so there’s no pressure on me. I’ll just go on and do what I have to do.”

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