Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, today (Friday) told the rugby league media that the bye week was perfect preparation for his team ahead of tomorrow’s clash with North Queensland in Townsville.

After showing great resilience to get through the Rabbitohs’ last two games against the Warriors and Tigers amid a barrage of injuries, Maguire said his team are refreshed, primed and ready to take on the second half of the NRL season.

“We’ve had a good break,” said Maguire.

“The boys obviously needed it after a few sort of tough weeks going into the bye – we had a few bumps and bruises. But they’ve all recovered really well, so now we’re really focussed about going up to North Queensland and performing the way we can.”

Despite winning all four of their last four matches, the Rabbitohs mentor admitted his side is still very much a work in progress, with constantly assessing their progress against their high standards.

“We’ve got some improvements in all areas,” admitted Maguire.

“But that’s all part of progressing towards the back-end of the season. The boys have been working really hard to get in the position we are, and now it’s just really each game as it comes.

“There’s always something that we can tinker with. We’re obviously always looking at plays thatw e can utilise moving forward, also with defence. There are areas in our defensive patterns that we need to just sharpen up on at times.”

The Cowboys will be looking to end a two-game losing streak tomorrow night when they take the field against the red and greens on their home turf, making the side a real danger in Maguire’s eyes.

 “We’ve got to make sure we’re focussed about what we need to do up in North Queensland,” said Madge.

“We’re playing against a team that play very well at home – I think they’re six from seven up there – so we’re well aware of what we’re walking into.

“They play an expansive game, they start quick, they really attack with the ball and they force a lot of errors.”

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