Rabbitohs lock-forward, Sam Burgess, believes that his side must continue to prepare the way they have done all season for this Sunday’s NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final.
While it will be status quo at Redfern this week when it comes to the consistent level of intensity, Burgess believes that Des Hasler’s Bulldogs’ prior experience at the pointy-end of the season holds them in good stead.
“The Dogs are a great side, led by James Graham up front,” said Burgess.
“Des Hasler’s got a great track-record at this level so they’re certainly going to be ready and know what to do – we’ve got to prepare the way we have done all year.”
When the Rabbitohs and Bulldogs step out onto ANZ Stadium this Sunday night for the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final, it will mark the third time that the teams will have squared off for the 2014 season after two feverishly contested battles in rounds seven and 25.
A total of 63,679 Members and supporters watched the two sides fight out one win apiece for the season – the Bulldogs winning the round seven Good Friday clash by a single point, 15-14, while the Rabbitohs returned the favour in round 25 by 21-14 in a bruising encounter.
Burgess will also be playing against good mate and fellow Englishman James Graham in the decider, with the newly anointed Dally M Lock of the Year excited by the prospect.
“It’s pretty exciting,” said Burgess.
“I think for myself personally, just to play the Grand Final is going to be great, but to play against James, who’s a close friend and a great competitor – it’s going to be a great experience.
“I’m sure after the final whistle one of us will have a smile on the face and the other, probably not. But we’ll shake hands. I’m sure we’ll both get stuck in on the weekend.”
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