Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, says his team is looking forward to this Friday night’s Telstra Premiership Finals Series opener against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium.
Season 2014 will see the Rabbitohs take part in their third successive Finals Series. But while the Souths mentor admits that his team has gained valuable experience from those prior appearances, it’s all about Friday night and building on the performances of this season.
“We’re really looking forward to Friday’s game,” said Maguire.
“We’ve built all year and we’ve probably got six or seven new players in our team approaching this time of year and it adds a different dimension to us.
“The experience that we’ve had this year – it just gives us a great opportunity now with these young kids coming in and with our senior players developing the way they have, it is confidence.”
Young guns such as Alex Johnston, Kyle Turner, Kirisome Auva’a will get their first taste of Finals footy this Friday night as part of Maguire’s side.
Asked whether he thought the Sea Eagles would be under-strength owing to injury, Maguire dismissed the notion, citing the closeness of the 2014 Premiership.
“We don’t look into any of that,” said Maguire.
“Every team turning up at this time of year has got certain things going on internally and externally – at the end of the day it’s how about what we’re doing and we’re very focussed about playing the way we can.”