South Sydney say they will need their forwards to stand up and Issac Luke to dominate so they can nullify Canterbury's wrestling tactics in Saturday night's NRL qualifying final.
The Bulldogs, under new coach Des Hasler, have turned wrestling and slowing down the ruck into an artform.
But in Luke the Rabbitohs have a secret weapon that can single-handedly speed up the tempo of a match.
After being relegated to reserve grade for poor on and off-field performance a month ago, Luke returned off the bench playing limited minutes.
But proving he is back in favour with coach Michael Maguire, the New Zealand international was promoted to the starting lineup and played a starring role in last week's 38-16 victory over Canberra.
He again looms as a key weapon with the Rabbitohs just 80 minutes away from a fairytale grand final appearance - but Maguire argues he can't counteract Canterbury's wrestling on his own.
"He's great for us. Obviously that's off the back of our big men running forward," Maguire said on Thursday.
"It's going to be a great clash between the forwards as it's been stated.
"We're two big packs and it's about building that momentum. And when we've got that momentum Issac can do a lot of magical things from dummy-half.
"To have him doing what he's doing and (Nathan Peats) coming on and adding what he can do as well, it's a big part for us."
While the Bulldogs are regarded as the competition's top wrestlers, Maguire said he was unconcerned about what they might be planning for the ANZ Stadium showdown.
"I think every team practises that area of the game (wrestling) and it's no different each week," he said.
Maguire played down any talk that it was a big decision on his part to bring Luke back into the starting role, but admitted he has been impressed with the way the 25-year-old has bounced back from his late-season slip-up.
"It wasn't a big punt (to bring him back)," Maguire said.
"We're always making sure we're doing the right things for the team.
"... I was really impressed (with how he responded to being dropped). understood what we're creating here and he's a part of a culture that we're building here.
"He's bounced back and he's performed the way he should've."
Maguire also addressed suggestions Souths can be guilty of drifting in and out of contests - before admitting the danger of doing such a thing against the minor premiers.
"Every team is going to challenge you at some stage," he said.
"Our players need to make sure that through those periods when they come at us we're aware of what they can do.
"... We know what they're going to throw at us."