After a dominant season, where they finished with the best attack and defence in the competition. The Rabbitohs will line up against the Parramatta Eels in the Grand Final and Coach Chris OConnell told NSWRL Media his team can handle the pressure of being Premiership favorites.
Theres been a lot of expectation in the Souths Junior League about this group of players and theres been a thought right from the word go that this is the best crop of juniors we've had in a long time, OConnell said.
Going through the year undefeated gives you a lot of confidence and most of our boys come from successful club teams so they know how to win, but theres still work to be done and were ready for it.
The Rabbitohs defeated the Eels 36-10 in the week before the finals, but OConnell is expecting a vastly improved opponent this time around.
Parramatta had four or five of their best players missing the last time we met, so it would be misleading to look too much into that performance.
They are a very physical side and we left that game thinking that they were definitely one of the teams to beat.
With South Sydney on the cusp of a phenomenal achievement, the Coach was adamant his sides success this year was very much a team effort, but reserved special mention for the Rabbitohs Captain.
Whilst we have a number of very impressive individuals, it has been a real team effort and thats probably why we've been such a difficult team to beat.
We pride ourselves on working for each other in defence and we know that if we defend well we generally have enough points to put teams away.
If I had to single out one guy it would Nat Butcher. The amount of work he gets through and the quality of his efforts are second to none hes an outstanding player and great leader.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will face the Parramatta Eels in the Harold Matthews Cup Grand Final on Saturday, May 4 at St Marys Stadium. Kick-off at 10:30am.
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