The Footy Report - Round 21 v Rabbitohs

Football Administration Coordinator Ryan Hoffman gives us a rundown on everything happening around the club ahead of our round 21 clash with the Rabbitohs.

Injury update

Premiership centre Curtis Scott is "back in game playing mode" on a modified program and is eyeing a return to first-grade before finals. 

"Cooper Johns is back on the field running around today (Wednesday)," Hoffy said.

"He is doing some ball work - he's not too far away."

Darryn Schonig was back at training for the first time today (Wednesday) since dislocating his knee and Hoffy expects the front rower will be back on the park for the Falcons in the next few weeks.

"Christian Welch will go under the knife tomorrow (Thursday) and unfortunately he will not be playing football for an extended period."

"We won't see him on the field again this year but he has a great attitude and he's obviously been through rehab before - we're all behind him."

Billy Walters is training after surgery on his thumb and is expected to play for Easts Tigers this weekend.

Storm v Rabbitohs preview

Hoffy said his key match-ups ahead of Sunday's clash at Central Coast Stadium include the battle between forwards Tom Burgess and Jesse Bromwich and Origin teammates Cameron Murray and Dale Finucane.

Bromwich and Burgess have similar stats sheets this year - they are both averaging over 125 running metres every game with tackle efficiency hovering around 90%.

"Cody Walker and Cam Munster will be another interesting match up - Cody was in Melbourne for a year when he was younger so they have trained together and they've played Origin against each other," Hoffy said.

"The battle of the coaches is another one - Bellyache and Bennett haven't faced off since Bennett has been in Rabbitohs colours."

Wayne Bennett has stuck with the same 17 players who went down to Cronulla last week, while Bellamy has named the same starting 13 that defeated the Broncos and made only one change to his 21-man squad, with Tui Kamikamica in for Christian Welch.