Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, says that injuries have opened a number of opportunities for his men ahead of Monday night’s clash with the North Queensland Cowboys.
The red and greens will boast a slightly new look outfit against the Cowboys with Adam Reynolds out injured, but Maguire has pointed to the strong sense of competitiveness and duty within his side as the key to moving forward, with competition for spots within his side still raging.
“Injuries aren't something you want, but it’s about how you handle it,” said Maguire, who this week named John Sutton to return to the side after the Rabbitohs was side-lined with a fractured jaw.
“It’s about opportunities and we’ve seen that over time at this Club with a number of our young guys coming into the team and excelling in the way they’ve come into first grade.
“We have a lot of young kids working very hard in the background to get their opportunity. When it does come for them, they’ll be ready to take their chance with both hands.
“The boys really enjoy competing against each other. I think that makes for a really healthy environment in everything we do.
“Whether it’s in the gym or at training, they like having a crack at each other – in a healthy way – and that’s part of the culture here because we know that hunger is going to benefit us when we get to the weekend.”
The Rabbitohs mentor told Rabbitohs.com.au that this week’s training sessions have all been about what his side can improve on.
“They’ve been training well and obviously preparation is key in everything we do,” said Maguire.
“Our focus has centred around what we can improve on and that really applies to every week.
“Obviously we have a few changes and I have some decisions to make in the back end of this week, but whichever way we go, whoever comes into those roles will play their part for the team.
“Every player knows their role and getting on with the job is something we’re really big on.”
Both the Rabbitohs and Cowboys come into Round 6 having picked up wins during the Easter Long Weekend, and Maguire is expecting an exciting contest on Monday night – particularly in the forwards.
“The forwards are definitely going to have a good battle through the middle,” said Maguire.
“They have the likes of Scott, Tamou and many more. But they’ve also got great halves like Johnathan Thurston, and we all know what he’s capable of doing.
“These sorts of battles is why you play the game – two big forward packs and quality edges. We’re certainly looking forward to it as a team because it’s another opportunity to get out in front of our fans and do the things we’re capable of.”
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