Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, joined the other three Preliminary Final team coaches this morning (Monday) at Rugby League Central for a press conference ahead of this Friday’s blockbuster against the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium.
Maguire sat alongside Roosters counterpart, Trent Robinson, as well as Panthers coach Ivan Cleary and Bulldogs coach Des Hasler to talk about what promises to be an explosive round of football.
The Rabbitohs will meet arch-rivals the Roosters for the third time on Friday night – the first time since 1938 that the two foundation clubs will come together in a finals match – and Maguire is looking forward to the challenge.
“We’re well aware of the challenge ahead and we’re playing against a very, very good team, so looking forward to the game on Friday,” said the Rabbitohs mentor.
“For us, it’s very much about focussing on the things that we’ve been doing.
“Nothing’s changed really from week to week, so this week gives us the opportunity to propel forward.
“We understand that we’re playing against a team that won the Grand Final last year and two minor premierships – they’ve got quality across the park.
“For us, our expectation is just to go in and work really hard for each other and play to the potential that we can.”
For the Roosters, it’s been all about narrow margins so far this NRL Finals series, with the side coming into Friday’s match having gone down by one point to the Panthers in week one, while defeating the Cowboys by a single point on Friday night to earn the right to play Souths this Friday.
And after playing in front of a record regular-season crowd of 59,708 in round 26 of the 2013 season with the minor premiership on the line, Roosters mentor Robinson said that he expects a massive crowd – but one that will be predominantly bathed red and green.
“The context of this game – I think we’ll be outnumbered somehow by the Souths supporters.”