Ferguson faces day of reckoning but Rabbitohs wary of wounded Eels

Blake Ferguson will be put through a crucial fitness test on Wednesday night as Brad Arthur grapples with the prospect of losing both wingers when Parramatta's season goes on the line against the hottest attack in the NRL.

The Eels have confirmed Maika Sivo's season is over due to an MCL injury picked up in their loss to the Storm, and Arthur is also sweating on Ferguson's knee problem as they try to prevent crashing out of the finals in straight sets.

Winger Maika Sivo has been ruled out for the season.Credit:Getty

Wayne Bennett’s South Sydney embarrassed the Eels 38-0 on Parramatta’s home turf in August. The Eels' edge defence was torn to shreds by Cody Walker and Adam Reynolds.

Takairangi could be seen as a safe inclusion for his defensive steel if Arthur is forced to make just one change, prompting Waqa Blake to shift to the left wing.

But Jennings, who spent six matches on loan with the Warriors this year, could also play in tandem with older brother Michael on Parramatta's left edge should Arthur choose to parachute him in.

It will be of little concern to the Rabbitohs, who dismissed the significance of their recent victory over the Eels, part of a 10-game stretch in which they've averaged 34.9 points a game.

It won't be the same Parramatta side that we [played] a few weeks ago

"I think we'll forget that game because we saw what Parramatta did [on Saturday] night to Melbourne, I thought they had a great game," Rabbitohs hooker Damien Cook said. "It won't be the same Parramatta side that we [played] a few weeks ago. I think both teams will put that game behind them.

"They're playing with a lot of confidence again and that's a dangerous thing. They're a quality side and that's why they were a top-four side all year, because when they play with that confidence they're very dangerous and got good strike across the park."

Cook, Walker and Reynolds were all hobbling with minor leg complaints at various stages during their 26-point demolition of the Knights. It has paved the way for a grand final qualifier against Penrith, if they can beat the Eels.

"In the middle of the season we were feeling [the niggles] a little bit more," Cook said.

"Winning makes a massive difference and now that we're starting to learn our roles in the team and everyone is doing their job and doing their part, we're not really feeling that.

"It's anyone's game, it honestly is. Anyone who is left can win it so we've just got to make sure we play South Sydney footy."

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