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Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire says his team is solely focussed on what they can control leading into Monday night's clash with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at ANZ Stadium.

With a lot of emotion swirling around the Sharks Club at the moment, as well as rising expectations on his side's performance amongst the Rugby League media, Coach Maguire says it's a simple equation for him and his team.

"There's obviously a lot going on around the Sharks at the moment and we're getting a bit of attention, but none of that comes into our preparation for this game," Coach Maguire said.

"I'm sure it will be (a similar performance) from (the Sharks) this week.

"To turn up and play their best footy each week is what they're there for, and I'm sure they'll put their best foot forward."

The Rabbitohs have an unusual 11-day turnaround between their round one and round two matches, but Maguire says they are prepared to handle that.

"We've just got to deal with what we've got and this time it's an 11-day turnaround," Maguire said.

"The boys have handled that through their training. The boys are very relaxed about it."

The Rabbitohs will be without one of their forward leaders this game in Sam Burgess and they come up against a star-studded Sharks forward pack. Maguire says it provides a chance for others to shine.

"It's going to be tough without Sam but it also gives someone else a chance," Maguire said.

"We've got Jeff Lima there and Dave Tyrrell comes into the squad who's played plenty of first grade.

"It's a bit of a shame for Sam but it gives someone else a chance and he'll be back next week."

Maguire praised the effort of Sam's younger brother George against the Roosters in round one, but he says one good performance is not enough.

"He's been going great. His first game was a great one and it's about backing it up now," Coach Maguire explained.

"George understands that and we've spoken about that as a group.

"George himself understands that it's about performance each week and he needs to do that again."

Maguire says his side has taken the emotional influence around Cronulla out of their preparation.

"I don't take their emotion into account," he said.

"We control what we do each day and we're just focussed on our performance.

"It's a competitive group that we've got here at the moment and the boys understand that if they don't meet the standards that they've set then they're a chance of missing out.

"It's about everyone doing everything that's possible on the training park and in the game."

The Rabbitohs vs Sharks game kicks off at 7pm on Monday night at ANZ Stadium, with the Holden Cup clash scheduled to start at 4:45pm. Gates open at 4:40pm.

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