After making a successful return to first grade in round 17, Luke Keary today (Tuesday) told the rugby league media that every week is a must-win game for his side.
Sandwiched between two byes, the Rabbitohs went down to the Cowboys and Titans in successive rounds, but managed to retain fourth spot on the competition ladder. For Keary and his teammates though, it’s all about getting the win against Parramatta on Friday night.
“Obviously every week for us is a must-win game,” said Keary.
“We realise that we’ve come off the byes and haven’t performed the way we should – we recognise that and this week we’re going to do everything we can to get the win.”
The young half, who burst into first grade in round 12 of the 2013 season, cited the need for his team to improve their ball control and discipline moving forward.
“Our ball control is a big one,” lamented Keary.
“We’ve dropped far too much ball and you just can’t afford to drop balls and give penalties away in this competition. You can’t win footy games doing that no matter how good your defence is.”
Keary partnered Adam Reynolds in the halves against the Gold Coast Titans in the Rabbitohs’ return match in round 17, and despite being disappointed with the result the sharp playmaker isn’t short of confidence.
“My confidence is pretty good,” said Keary.
“I’ve only had three games back so obviously trying to get back into it at the moment and find my feet. But I’m feeling pretty good – my body’s feeling pretty fresh so I’m looking forward to a good back-end of the year.
“Obviously pretty hungry – personally and as a team we’re hungry too. We had a disappointing end to last year and we’re trying to build for the back end of the year but we’re just taking it one week at a time at the moment.”
Keary suffered a pectoral injury before season kick-off at the inaugural Auckland Nines tournament, ruling him out of the opening months of the season. The young half took the injury in his stride
“It was frustrating and disappointing,” said Keary.
“But those things happen in footy – injuries are a part of the game. You’ve just got to cop that, deal with it and move on.”
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Parramatta Eels this Friday night at 7.40pm. For all game day information including how to purchase tickets, please click here.