Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire believes last week’s win was much more than just two competition points, but rather a show of the strong character of his playing group – an attribute that the mentor believes builds teams ahead of this Friday’s match against the Tigers at ANZ Stadium.
In a match that saw the Rabbitohs reduced to no interchange and positional re-shuffles during stages owing to injuries, Maguire was proud of the character shown by his men to stay composed to get the win by playing for their teammates.
“It was one of those games where the boys just came together and it’s just good to see that character being built here at Souths,” said Madge.
“We’re growing as a team, and they’re telling factors of how we’re coming together as team. I had a number of players who were down and out at stages through the game.
“I had one player with a broken hand that played for 20 minutes and still continually tried to make tackles in the back end of the game in Dylan Walker. It’s great to see that character in the team.”
Walker found himself as the third player to slot in at fullback during the round 13 match in Perth, playing through a pain barrier to help his Rabbitohs teammates – some of whom were placed in a similar position to Walker by playing through pain.
“There was no way I was going to be able to get him off the field,” said Madge.
“He wasn’t going to leave his players – similar to Joel Reddy. Joel actually had a slight strain in his quad and he just stayed out there.
“They’re the sorts of things the players are getting through and it’s something the team have really prided themselves on – you don’t leave your mate hanging.”
Maguire mirrored the thoughts of Captain John Sutton today (Wednesday), by calling for more of the same from his side this week as they take on the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium in round 14.
“We learned some pretty harsh lessons when we played them (the Tigers) last time,” admitted Maguire.
“We didn’t perform the way we would have liked, so we’ve just got to go out and make sure we perform together – that’s what we showed against the Warriors.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium this Friday 13th June at ANZ Stadium in Round 14 of the Premiership.
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