TOUGH CHOICE: Souths Sharks coach Wayne Barnett said if any team had to be eliminated before the 2019 RLM finals, Brothers' exit would benefit his side the most.
TOUGH CHOICE: Souths Sharks coach Wayne Barnett said if any team had to be eliminated before the 2019 RLM finals, Brothers' exit would benefit his side the most. Aidan Cureton

The team Souths would least like to meet in finals

FEAR of a Brothers hoodoo has Souths hoping their Milton St rivals will be eliminated from finals calculations this weekend.

Sharks coach Wayne Barnett labelled Brothers a "hoodoo” team because of their unpredictable character.

Barnett said he could go without the stress of Brothers making an upset in the closest season of his coaching career.

"They knocked us out last year and beat us in our last game,” he said.

"They're such an unpredictable side. You can come out and beat them by 50 and then they'd come out and beat you by 50 the next time.”

Before the Sharks worry about the Fish's fortunes, they will focus on defeating Wests Tigers for a chance at claiming the minor premiership.

"(Wests) has good players on their edges and their full back, Jake (Eden), is coming through really well,” Barnett said.

"It really depends on how their half Liam (Taylor) guides his team around. He's a good player and if he's on game everyone else will fall in behind.

"We just want to kick well, tackle well and get over the stripe a couple of times.”

Barnett said he would stay equally as cautious for finals no matter the outcome.

"If results don't go our way we will get them first week of finals as well,” he said.

"So you have to get up twice in two weeks. Momentum can be fantastic, but you can also fall into complacency going in a second time.”

In his long career Barnett has seen his fair share of footy, but he said this season has renewed his enthusiasm.

"This is probably the most exciting time I've had as a coach, with the results and ladder positions,” he said.

"I can just imagine the players are all on edge and really looking forward to the weekend.”

With a few injuries on their side, Barnett hoped to earn the week off that comes with being minor premiers.

"We have a couple of guys out under injury clouds. Depending on how the Magpies and Proserpine clash go, we might give them a rest for Sunday,” he said.

Barnett added leading goalkicker Shannon Rupapere has a broken finger and could miss the match.



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