Madge Cites Room for Improvement
While Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, is pleased with his team’s recent form, Maguire has no doubts that there is vast room for improvement ahead of this Saturday’s match against the North Queensland Cowboys.
Maguire’s men accounted for the Brisbane Broncos in their last outing by 42-16, with Greg Inglis scoring a hat-trick. But Maguire insists that momentary lapses in concentration are an area his side still needs to work on.
“In our last game, we probably had a few lapses in concentration at times,” said Maguire.
“They put points against you if you’re having those moments, so we’ve just got to concentrate on the things that we can control.”
The seventh-placed Cowboys will be keen to notch up a win this Saturday night as the season-proper comes to a close, with the Queenslanders currently stuck on 26 points alongside the Warriors (eighth) and Parramatta (ninth).
“They’re a quality team,” said Madge of the Cowboys.
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“They’ve got a big forward pack and obviously Johnathan Thurston runs around with young Lui and they’ve got some quick outside-backs.
“They question you a lot across the field, and for us defensively it’s a game where we really need to be switched on.”
The Rabbitohs will be without Ben Te’o, following the back-rower accepting the early guilty plea for a dangerous tackle earlier in the week. But with Kyle Turner returning to the fold this week, Maguire is far from concerned.
“We’ve got some quality coming in,” said Maguire.
“Kyle Turner – he’s actually been doing a great for us. We actually sat him out last week with a few things that he was working at with his body and his head. He’s come in and he’ll do a great job for us.”