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Talk about brotherhood – the Rabbitohs are inseparable! While the rep weekend afforded all but five of the squad the chance to recover from what has been a bruising start to 2014, in a sign of just how close the class of 2014 has become, forward Jason Clark admitted to missing his Rabbitohs teammates during the short period of down-time.
With the modern demands of professional rugby league resulting in the team spending most of their waking moments together, in Clark’s view, the Rabbitohs brotherhood is only strengthening as a result.
“It sounds strange, but even after a couple of days, you start to miss the boys,” laughed Clark.
“The team is just another part of your family, so when you’re away from it – even for a bit – you start to miss the joking around the change rooms and all the stick that generally flies around a footy team.
“We call each other brothers, and we definitely feel as though we are, both on and off the field. To have that kind of connection is special and that’s really something that we hold onto.
"We spend a lot of time together outside of footy as well, so it's only natural that you feel a bit close."
The short break had a number of other positive effects for Clark and his teammates – chief of which was the opportunity to spend time with their young families.
“It’s always good to get a bit of a break for a few reasons,” admitted Clark.
“Yeah, it’s an opportunity for us to get the body right, but more than anything it gives us time to re-group and spend time with our families.
“Our wives and kids do so much for us, supporting us in every way they can, so we love to have a couple of extra days to re-connect. It works wonders for you.”
With the batteries now recharged, Souths’ focus now shifts to Saturday night’s clash with the Gold Coast Titans, for what will be the Rabbitohs’ second Queensland game in three weeks. After defeating the Broncos in thrilling fashion in round eight at Suncorp Stadium on ANZAC Day, Clark is confident of the position his side has put themselves in moving forward.
“There’s no better way for us to come into a week off than from a win,” said Clark.
“Getting a win like that up in Brisbane says a lot about us as a team and it’s given us plenty to work on as well.
“It was a pretty physical game – going right down to the end there – so there were plenty of bumps and bruises, but that break during the rep weekend will have done a world of good. Everyone will be feeling pretty fresh.”
The Titans currently sit in equal first position on the NRL ladder (third on for and against) with 12 competition points. Clark is certain that his team will be better for the test.
“It’s certainly going to be a good test for us,” said Clark.
“The Titans are playing some good footy – (former Rabbitoh and Souths Junior) Beau Falloon is playing well there in the nine and big Dave (Taylor) is causing plenty of damage, so we’re looking forward to the challenge. They’re going to be fired up and ready to go.
“They’ll want the win, but we’ve just got to want it more. We’ve got to be hungry and that’s what it comes down to. That showed in Brisbane and we want to show it again.”
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