The Eagles will be without their best players for the second straight week after losing their leading tackler and kick-off specialist.
Jordan Matthews is still sidelined after suffering a knee injury while playing for the Cowboys in the round 18 NRL match against Canterbury.
He was replaced by Luke Brooks, who was in the starting side for the game against the Broncos, but the Cowboys’ coach, Trent Robinson, said he was not ready to call on his two most influential players at the same time.
“Luke’s knee is a little sore but he’ll be back in a couple of weeks, he’ll definitely be back on the field,” Robinson said.
“(He) was in a bit of a rhythm and he’s got a little bit of recovery going on with his knee and he feels like he’s back to full strength and in a good position for the Broncos.
You’ll see a little change in his attitude but he’s still got the same attitude and we’ll see where that goes.
But the good thing about this week is Luke’s back on track, he’s in a great place to start the year and we’ve got two really good, hard-working players in our group that are still around.”
Brooks had played three games since injuring his knee in a game against Manly on March 27.
While he’s not expected to play again until the end of the season, Robinson said he would be interested in seeing Matthews again at the end the season.
A strong showing for the Eagles against the Titans on Saturday night was their best result of the pre-season.
They were led by five tries and a try conversion.
The Rabbitohs lost their best player in the first half when Darius Boyd’s attempt for the try fell to Luke Brooks.
Brad Abbey was also ruled out with an ankle injury, while Aaron Gray was ruled out of the game with a groin injury.