The One New Zealand Warriors take on South Sydney in their first play-off match since 2018 when the New South Wales Cup finals series starts this weekend.
A top five format is in operation this season which sees minor premiers the North Sydney Bears progressing directly to week two.
With their top three finish, the Warriors have a second life.
In the week one play-offs – both being played at North Sydney Oval on Saturday – the third-placed One New Zealand Warriors take on the second-ranked South Sydney (1.00pm kick-off local time) with the Canberra Raiders (fourth) meeting the Sea Eagles (fifth) in the 3.00pm game.
The winners of the Rabbitohs v Warriors contest will play the Bears in week two while the losers will face the winners of the Raiders v Sea Eagles encounter. The season ends for the team beaten in the fourth v fifth battle.
The One New Zealand Warriors clashed with the Rabbitohs twice in the regular season, losing 22-24 at Redfern Oval on June 3 but avenging the defeat with a 21-18 victory at Go Media Stadium on June 30.
Match: Rabbitohs v Warriors
Finals Week 1 -
Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Jacob GagaiFullback for Warriors is number 2 Setu Tu
Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Tom CarrWinger for Warriors is number 5 Moala Graham-Taufa
Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Josiah KarapaniCentre for Warriors is number 3 patrick moimoi
Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Taane MilneCentre for Warriors is number 4 Brayden Wiliame
Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Tyrone MunroWinger for Warriors is number 18 Ali Leiataua
Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Dion TeaupaFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Ben Farr
Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Dean HawkinsHalfback for Warriors is number 1 Eiden Ackland
Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Daniel Suluka-FifitaProp for Warriors is number 8 Zyon Maiu'u
Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Peter MamouzelosHooker for Warriors is number 9 Michael Sio
Prop for Rabbitohs is number 17 Yileen GordonProp for Warriors is number 10 James Gavet
2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Benjamin Lovett2nd Row for Warriors is number 14 Maia Sands
2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Jed Cartwright2nd Row for Warriors is number 16 Eddie Ieremia-Toeava
Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Jaxson RahmeLock for Warriors is number 13 Tanner Stowers-Smith
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 10 Brock GrayInterchange for Warriors is number 15 Isaiah Vagana
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Shannon GardinerInterchange for Warriors is number 20 Presley Seumanu Tigafua
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 21 Matt FrenchInterchange for Warriors is number 21 Jacob David Jnr Auloa
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 22 Ethan O'NeillInterchange for Warriors is number 23 Paterika Vaivai
Replacement for Rabbitohs is number 18 Tristan AlvaradoReplacement for Warriors is number 17 Makaia Tafua
The Slade Griffin-coached side rounded out the regular season with a convincing 42-12 win over St George Illawarra last Saturday to finish three points behind North Sydney with a record of 14 wins, a draw and nine losses.
They scored a total of 630 points, a tally bettered by only the Bears (637) and the sixth-placed Newtown Jets (644) while they had the best defensive record in the competition conceding 470 points.
Away from home they had a 7-4 win-loss record (plus a draw) a 7-5 record at home.