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Rabbitohs winger, Lote Tuqiri, has called for an improved performance from his side this Friday night against Parramatta as the men in red and green look to bounce back from a loss to the Titans in round 17.

“We’ve got to step it up, and what better time than Friday night?” said Tuqiri.

“I think we’ve probably let ourselves down in how we’ve approached the game mentally,” said Tuqiri. But I don’t see that happening this week. I’ve said it before but our season is on the line too in a sense because there’s a big log-jam between four and ten – we’re all on the same amount of points.

With only eight games in the regular season remaining and the Rabbitohs currently in the top-four, Tuqiri cited the importance of his team getting their performance right.

“I guess when you break the season up, from now until the finals, it’s a very important part,” said Tuqiri.

“Every team wants to finish in that top four and we’re no different. We’ve got to knuckle down now – can’t think about the past too much, or the future too much in a sense.

“I know it’s a cliché, but we take it one game at a time, and Parra’s first. They’ll be filthy after last week and they’ll definitely turn up at home.”

Tuqiri will be part of a Rabbitohs back-three that includes Greg Inglis and Alex Johnston, facing the likes of Semi Radradra, and Blues Origin star Jarryd Hayne.

Tuqiri is in no doubt about the quality that he and his teammates will be up against though. Despite the Eels coming off a 48-0 loss last weekend, the return of New South Wales’ Jarryd Hayne will bolster the blue and gold.

“He’s a class act and he has been for a while now,” said Tuqiri.

“Jarryd Hayne’s a freak. Obviously he’ll be their go-to, but in saying that, they’ve got a lot of guys stepping up – a lot of young forwards there who’ve played very well this year. Semi Radradra out on the wing as well, so they’re not just a one-man-team, but he (Hayne) certainly helps.”

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