Rabbitohs confident Koroisau will do the job if Luke is ruled out

SYDNEY, AAP – South Sydney are confident they can seamlessly overcome the loss of hooker Issac Luke, if he is rubbed out of Sunday’s NRL grand final against Canterbury.

The Kiwi rake will face the NRL judiciary tonight in a bid to beat his one-game ban for a lifting tackle on Sydney Roosters forward Sonny Bill Williams during Souths 32-22 preliminary final win over the defending premiers.

The Rabbitohs were forced to play without Luke in the early part of the season, as he battled a shoulder injury.

Back up No.9 Api Koroisau, who has played 13 games this season, filled in capably in his absence.

The Penrith-bound rake plays a similar style of dummy half to Luke. which captain John Sutton believes will not hamper his team too greatly if Koroisau is called up.

Cameron McInnes is another player coach Michael Maguire has used as a hooker this year, he has played seven games in 2014.

“I have only seen the tackle a few times, but I don’t think there was too much in it,” Sutton told AAP yesterday.

“He is a big part of this team.

“But no matter what, we have people that can do a job for us if he does miss out.

“Api is a good player, and I’m sure whoever ‘Madge’ (Maguire) decides to put in there won’t let us down.”

Souths five-eighth Luke Keary added: “Obviously we hope Issac gets off but if he doesn’t we have some depth there that will cover him and do the job on the day.”

“Api and Cameron have both been good for us there this year.”