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Historic SCG To Test New Rabbitohs Era

In the 1965 Grand Final between Souths and the Dragons, the SCG welcomed a new generation of hungry, tough Rabbitohs players. Sattler, McCarthy, Simms, Coote and Cleary lost this Grand Final but grew together to become some of the most fearsome players in the game - winning four Premierships in the next five years. This Friday, the SCG looks set to welcome another new era of hungry, tough Rabbitohs as Cam Murray, Robert Jennings, Angus Crichton, Tyrell Fuimaono and possibly Campbell Graham run onto the hallowed ground.

The SCG could write a thousand chapters on the iconic and special relationship it has with the Rabbitohs but it will be a new chapter written when the Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons kick off at 6pm this Friday. It’s up to Maguire’s young players to show their desire this Friday to follow in the footsteps of the great players who’ve plied their trade at the SCG.

Junior Kangaroo and NSW Blues U20s Captain Cam Murray, who will mark his fifth appearance in the Red and Green on Friday, is eager to get more game time. The young forward feels he has plenty to give to both the team and our Members this Friday.

“I’ve only had four games so really my season is just starting,” said Murray.

“We owe it to ourselves and we owe it to our fans to start stringing a few wins together. That’s the focus around here – showing some good form at the back end of the season.

“We come into every game with the belief that we can win and it’s no different this week coming. We’re looking to show some good form over the last couple games of the season.

“There’s not too much thinking about next year, it’s just about giving back to our fans and loyal Members who turn up each week even on the back of a few lost games,”

Angus Crichton will play his first game at the SCG this Friday but it’s not the hard-running second-rowers first experience at the SCG with the Rabbitohs – prior to signing with Souths he was invited to watch a match with the Rabbitohs staff.

“I’ve never played at the SCG, there’s a whole lot of history at the ground. Before I signed at Souths the Club took me in to watch a game and I watched Manly play Souths in 2014 and went to the dressing sheds. Three years later, playing there is pretty cool,” said Crichton.

With young players cracking the top squad in 2017, Crichton believes there is plenty to play for this Friday as he looks to prove himself to Maguire and lock down a starting spot for 2018.

“We’ve got lots of different players in different stages of their career. Me, being young, I’ve still got plenty to prove and plenty to play for,” said Crichton.

“Players like Cam Murray getting a bit of game time and finding his feet in the NRL it’s a good opportunity for him to show the big stage what he’s got.”

Winger Robert Jennings is anticipating an entertaining and physical encounter against the Dragons. Something he can say from experience after being named on an extended bench for the Charity Shield earlier this year.

He also is motivated by the history of the SCG and is keen to make his first appearance there a memorable one.

“I’ve never played there – I’ve heard a lot about it,” said Jennings.

“The hype is there. Being at a Club, being my first year, it’s very exciting for me. The history behind it and all the hype. It should be a good one.

“The Dragons are a good team. It’s going to be a challenge and we’re looking to win and get the two points. Our focus is on getting those two points.”

Cam Murray is keeping himself grounded ahead of Friday’s clash, focusing instead on developing his game to maximize his impact from the bench against a sizeable Dragons pack.

“Coming off the bench and doing my role, it’s a huge factor of the game. With someone coming off the bench they need to bring some energy, they need to bring some a lot of impact and that’s what I’ve tried to do.”

“Over my career I’m not too used to coming off the bench, I’m used to starting and being an 80 minute player so it’s been a tough transition for me to come off the bench and get my mind focused on bringing some energy.

“That’s what I’ve been focusing on the past couple weeks and that’s what I’ll be focusing on if I’m doing the same thing for the last couple games of the season.”