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Sam Burgess isn’t about to underestimate the North Queensland Cowboys, with the Rabbitohs lock-forward saying his side is preparing for a big game.

After going down in their last two matches – including Monday night against the Knights – North Queensland will be without Origin and Test players the ilk of Matt Scott and Brent Tate for the clash in Townsville on Saturday night. But Burgess isn’t about to take them lightly.

“The Cowboys are always a pretty tough ask,” admitted Burges.

“People are questioning their form at the minute, but as a team, we’re not. We’re preparing for a big game up there.

“They’ve got a lot of star players and they’re very good at home, so we’re preparing for a big task and we’re looking forward to the trip to Townsville.”

With just four points separating first from eighth position on the competition ladder, the Englishman cited the importance of focussing on his teams performances, and taking each week as it comes – particularly when opposition teams boast the likes of Maroons and Test five eighth, Johnathan Thurston.

“Whatever the Cowboys throw at us, I think it’s going to be a challenge,” said Burgess.

“Every team, every week – they’re always going to be prepared, so we’re just focusing on ourselves really.

“Certainly, a team that’s got (Johnathan) Thurston in it and the other guys around him, it’s going to be a tough ask.”

The Rabbitohs come into the Saturday night clash having won their last four games in a row, including victories against; the Sharks, Dragons, Warriors and Tigers in a solid month of football – Burgess citing a positive attitude among the team as the catalyst.

“We’re always trying to grow as a team,” said Burgess.

“We’re never comfortable and we’re always trying to work on things – it’s a good attitude we’ve got right throughout the team. But there’s things we’re happy with and things we can work on as well still.”

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