Burgess – Perth Trip a Time to Gel

The big trip West to play the Warriors doesn’t faze Rabbitohs lock-forward Sam Burgess, with the big Englishman citing that he and his Rabbitohs teammates will enjoy the time together in what has become an annual event in Perth.

“We actually like getting away together as a group over in Perth,” said Burgess.

“We get there every year now and we actually enjoy the trip over – we fly over there tomorrow (Thursday), spend a couple of days together as a team and we get a session over in Perth.

“So we’ll enjoy that time together and it’ll be great to get together as a team.”

The Rabbitohs have a short turnaround from Monday night’s win to Saturday, but Burgess takes the challenge in his stride.

“Every week’s tough, even if you get a seven day turnaround, it’s pretty tough on the body, but it’s part of the challenge in the NRL.”

Burgess will line up for the first time in the NRL against fellow countryman and England teammate Sam Tomkins – Burgess jokingly adding that he’ll be steering clear of the Warriors fullback after he saw him take on another England teammate against the Bulldogs in the form of James Graham.

“He’s a great kid Sammy,” said Burgess.

“I’m good mates with him off the field, he’s a great competitor – I saw a good little exchange between him and James Graham a couple of weeks ago, so I don’t think I’ll take him on. He looked pretty tough against James Graham.”

Despite the jokes, Burgess says he and his teammates are focussed on improvement this week against the Warriors after coming away with convincing victory’s over St George Illawarra and the Sharks in consecutive weeks.

“Well obviously we’re happy getting the wins,” said Burgess.

“I think we can style find a few ways to get better as a team. I thought with the ball we were a bit shaky in the second half, but showed a bit of resilience there to come through and score a couple of tries at the back-end.

“I think everyone’s looking to improve, but for ourselves, we’re just looking at ways to get better as a team to become more fluid with our attack and defensively just keep working on our system.”

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The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the New Zealand Warriors this Saturday 7 June in round 13 at Perth’s nib Stadium – the Rabbitohs’ Western Australian home. To purchase tickets, pleaseclick here.