Hundreds of Western Australian Rabbitohs and rugby league Members and supporters flocked to nib Stadium this evening (Friday) to see their heroes in action a day early, as the side took to the pitch to prepare for Saturday’s blockbuster against the New Zealand Warriors in Perth.
Those in attendance got an up-close look at the current crop of Rabbitohs, including the likes of Queensland Origin players Greg Inglis, Chris McQueen and Ben Te’o as Head Coach Michael Maguire put the side through its paces.
For local Rabbitohs and WA Members such as Peter Butterworth, the afternoon was a rare opportunity to see his heroes up close in Perth – a long way from Redfern.
“I’m originally from Sydney, but have been here in Perth nearly 20 years,” said Peter.
“It’s actually a bit surreal to have the boys here – we don’t get too many opportunities to watch live NRL here, so when it’s your team, it makes it even sweeter.”
With a ground-record crowd in attendance for the corresponding 2013 clash at nib Stadium, Peter added that the atmosphere at the ground will be electric come kick-off tomorrow night.
“It was an amazing atmosphere last year,” said Peter.
“I couldn’t believe how many rugby league fans there were here, and I think it's only going to get bigger this year."
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