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Its not Michael Maguires style to look backwards not unless theres something to be learnt from it that is. While the Rabbitohs may sit atop the competition ladder, according to Madge, the drive within the club to constantly improve makes the men in cardinal and myrtle very much a work in progress and there is still plenty to learn.

Im pleased with how were developing, but theres still a long way to go chasing that perfection, says Maguire.

The boys understand their roles a lot more the more we play and train together, and the more we perform together, we learn a lot about each other. Its about being able to use that to build pressure in a game.

I feel that the players are getting to that point which is enhancing us as a group.

The budding relationships across the park have paid dividends, with the Rabbitohs having scored 25 more points than any other team so far in 2013 with 332 points to their credit, with the Melbourne Storm close behind on 307 points.

Also factor in some outstanding individual efforts across the park, such as Greg Inglis sharing the competition lead for most tries scored (12) with Nathan Merritt only one try behind, plus Adam Reynolds topping the list for most conversions with 48, and it becomes clear how the Rabbitohs have managed to climb to the top.

But Maguire still feels that the toughest challenges lay ahead, with more hard work to be done.

Recently, we probably lacked a little bit in possession weve got to look after that ball, he says.

Theres times where weve had some really good consistency, but we need to just make sure that were holding those standards we always talk about as a group to nullify everything thats being thrown at you in each game.

The standards Maguire speaks of have become a mantra at the Rabbitohs, with everyone from players to staff adhering to the self-imposed benchmarks that have characterised Souths 2013 season as the only true rules of engagement.

Everyones working hard in the background. The people that Ive got in the organisation, theyre all striving to get better and better. Ive got a good, strong group and theyre hard on each other.

Asked if the Rabbitohs are reaching those marks in his opinion, the answer is as simple as it is an insightful.

Im not sure you can ever reach that mark, because you have a group here who thrive on getting better, says Maguire.

I guess we have no real limits on where we see ourselves getting to, but we want to make sure were getting better and better each week.

As a team, we still challenge each other and want to make sure were getting better. The players themselves understand that.

And the high standards apply across the board, with young players such as Dylan Walker coming in to the side and shining.

Weve got different individuals coming in and out of the team at times particularly during this period of the year (Origin). Its giving people opportunities and a lot of them are taking them at the moment, so theres pressure on positions.

So while first position may be occupied by the red and greens, the man at the helm is adamant that the work is far from over, as is the teams self-imposed pursuit of perfection.
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