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Rabbitohs Captain, John Sutton, says the key to defeating the Roosters in this Friday night’s Preliminary Final is to build on their last match against the Sea Eagles two weeks ago.  

The Rabbitohs raced out to a 40-0 lead against Manly before the north-siders scored 24 points in the final quarter of the match. But despite final points flurry, Sutton is confident that building on the first 65 minutes of the match will go a long way to victory.

“I think we’ve just got to go through the way we’ve played all year and just build on our last game,” said Sutton.

“We played some great football for 65 minutes of the game – if we can do that for 80 minutes, that’s all we can ask for and it’ll go a long way.”

The Rabbitohs will be hoping to notch up their second victory over the Roosters for 2014 when they meet on Friday night.


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It was against the Roosters in round 26 this year that Sutton returned from a long-term knee injury only to go down to the Tricolours – a performance that the skipper was personally disappointed with.

“I think after that Roosters game I came out and said that my game wasn’t up to scratch,” admitted Sutton.

“My kicking game wasn’t up to scratch – I wasn’t building enough pressure and I thought against Manly we did that to a tee." 

Sutton also urged Rabbitohs Members and supporters to get out to ANZ Stadium for the all-important match.

“It’ll be good to see 50,000 Members, supporters, fans this Friday – it’s very enjoyable, but we’ve got a job to do and we’ve just got to make sure we do it right.”

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