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Rabbitohs players Alex Johnston, Kirisome Auva'a and Jason Clark fronted the rugby league media today (Wednesday) ahead of Monday night’s round 11 match against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

For Alex Johnston, the return of try-scoring hero Nathan Merritt was a pleasant inclusion given their close relationship.

"Me and Nathan are good mates and to see him out of the team - I didn't really want to see that happen - but I just wanted to take my opportunity," said Johnston.

He's coming back in this week, so I'm happy for him and can't wait for him to get back and be playing fullback."

Rabbitohs centre Kirisome Auva'a said the Rabbitohs have trained hard this week to right some of the wrongs that came out of the clash against the Melbourne Storm.

"We've been hard at work this week," said Auva'a.

"Obviously we started training on Monday - we've been working on all the things that went wrong on Friday night to get it right this week.

"We defended a lot in that first half, a lot of drop balls and incomplete sets so that's what we're working hard on this week to get right on Monday night."

For the more experienced Jason Clark, the loss of Origin representatives Greg Inglis, Chris McQueen, and Ben Te'o is not a cause for concern.

"We've got pretty good depth here at the Club," said Clark.

"We've got a roster of 30 plus blokes, so whoever takes their spot will do the job."

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