We Won’t Be Underestimating Penrith: Luke Burgess
Thursday 28 June 2012 9:10 PM
Rabbitohs English front rower Luke Burgess says that despite their position on the NRL ladder, Penrith will not be underestimated by the Rabbitohs this Sunday afternoon at 3pm at ANZ Stadium.
The Rabbitohs will be aiming to return to the winner’s circle this weekend after going down to the Broncos last Friday night by 14 points.
Burgess spoke to www.rabbitohs.com.au in the build up to the game, and said the men in red and green won’t be taking the Panthers lightly.
“I think that goes with every team in the NRL,” Burgess said.
“Parramatta is a perfect example of that.
“Their form hasn’t been great but they’re a very dangerous side.
“They’ve got some dangerous players and it’s the same with Penrith. They can be very dangerous.
“We’ve just got to focus on what we’re doing, our defence, our offence, and go from there.”
Burgess says the Rabbitohs have had plenty to work on since the loss to the Broncos, working hard on both attack and defence.
“We’re constantly working on our defence,” Burgess revealed.
“Our defence was quite good against the Broncos.
“We had to deal with a lot of stuff coming our way as they dominated possession, so we need to work on completing and we need to work on being better with the ball when we do have the ball.”
Injury meant the big front rower started the season on the back foot, only recently returning to the side. Burgess says he is pretty happy with how he has returned to the field of play.
“I’m five games in now and I’m just trying to work on my consistency,” Burgess said.
“I’ve always got things to work on but we’ve got really good systems in place now which is helping me as a front rower middle player.
“I’m just going to keep working, keep going forward, keep carrying the ball strong and keep making my tackles in the middle.”
Burgess is confident there will be a strong Rabbitohs showing in the stands on Sunday afternoon.
“Definitely, like they always do,” Burgess said when asked whether he thought the Rabbitohs Members and supporters would turn out in big numbers for Sunday afternoon football.
“They always turn out in their numbers,” Burgess said.
“Sun or rain, they’re always there shouting, so it’s great.
“I’ve met a few people from The Burrow lately which has been good and it’s good to see their passion.
“It’s great to be back at ANZ Stadium and I’m sure the crowd will be in fine voice and getting behind us.
“It really makes a difference.”