Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, is expecting a battle up-front this Thursday night when his men take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in round 25 at ANZ Stadium.
With two giant packs set to go head to head come Thursday night, the Rabbitohs mentor is certain that the battle for the middle of the field will go a long way to deciding the match.
“It’s going to be a good battle in the front row,” said Maguire.
“Canterbury have got a big team – they move the ball around and they challenge you through the middle so the test will be in the middle and we’ve got to make sure that we do all the little things in the game that we know we’re capable doing.”
Maguire’s men experienced a hiccup in their end of season run by going down to the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday night. But Maguire told the rugby league media that his side has learnt plenty from the match.
“I think every game’s a new game, and this is another one for us,” said the Rabbitohs mentor.
“As I’ve said many times, the lessons we’ve learnt over the last sort of month – we’ve had some really good ones and on the weekend, we’ve got to turn that around. Two points against the Dogs is our focus and that’s what we can control."
Maguire added that mental toughness has been a major up-side for his team and 2014.
“I think from round one right through it’s a mental game,” said Maguire.
“It’s a long season and the teams are challenging each week and as I said, the likes of obviously the team we’re playing this week have been up the top for a long period of time.”
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