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It’ll be match-ups galore when the Rabbitohs face arch-rivals the Roosters this Thursday night in the second leg of the Ron Coote Cup – the last round of the regular season.

Among the plethora of matchups, Rabbitohs lock-forwars Sam Burgess will face off with Sonny Bill Williams, in what the Englishman describes as just one of many

“There’s our front rowers and their front-rowers,” said Burgess, referring to brothers George and Thomas, as well as Dave Tyrrell, who will come up against the likes of Jarred Waerea-Hargreaves.

“I think there’s a good match in the halves – young (Luke) Keary coming up against them (James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce) and Greggy (Greg Inglis and (Anthony) Minichiello.

“There are good matches all over the field – but we’ll just solely be focusing on our team performance. It’s going to be another big game.”


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With regular halfback Adam Reynolds accepting a one-match suspension for a dangerous throw, Luke Keary will don the number seven jersey after excelling at five-eighth in recent weeks. Burgess has full confidence in Keary’s ability to steer the side around the park.

“I think he’s been special since he came in,” said Burgess of Keary.

“I won’t expect anything more, or anything less than what he’s given already. There’s no pressure on him really from me or the team. He’ll just go out there and be himself.

“I’m fully confident that he’ll do a good job for us and I’m looking forward to seeing him go.”

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