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Clashes between the Rabbitohs and Sea Eagles have long been known for their battles up-front, and this Friday night’s NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series opener will be no different according to Rabbitohs forward, Ben Lowe.

With the likes of Lowe, alongside Sam Burgess set to take on Manly’s Anthony Watmough and Tom Symonds as well as a vast array of talented big men up front, victory in the forwards could go a long way to victory in the match.

“Come Friday night, It’ll definitely be another battle of the forwards,” said Lowe.

“The halves always comment on when they’ve had good games, our forward-pack’s gone forward, so it’ll be a battle of the forwards to get that field-position for the outside backs and the halves to do their thing on the edges.”

“It’s going to be a tough battle. Manly have been at the top for many years now and are a very experienced finals football team. They’ll be doing their best come Friday to make sure they put their best foot forward.”


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Friday’s match will be the third time the two sides will come together in what is certain to be another classic, with the victorious side taking a spot in the Preliminary Final.

For Lowe and his Rabbitohs teammates, while plenty of lessons have been learnt throughout the season, Friday night represents the start of a new competition.

“We talk about the new comp starting, and the new comp’s pretty cut-throat.

“You want to be at your best for 80 minutes or else you’ll find yourself (with your) season over. We’re definitely growing on how we were throughout the season.

“We’ve taken some good, and learnt from the bad things throughout the season. I think some of those games towards the back-end of the season have really fine-tuned us for hopefully what is a good finals campaign.”

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