Rabbitohs v Cowboys
The Rabbitohs will go in search of their fifth win of the season on Monday night when they take on the 13th placed North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium.
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.”
The Rabbitohs have named a strong line-up for the clash, but a question-mark still hangs over the identity of who will slot into five-eighth, after Maguire was forced into a re-shuffle on the back of injuries to Adam Reynolds and John Sutton – who had initially been named to play but was eventually ruled out.
While the red and greens have started 2015 solidly, both players and coaches alike have been the first to admit that the side has been far from its best. Rabbitohs forward Tim Grant stressed the importance of turning up each week when he spoke to the media.
“They’ve got a really good roster, so just like any team in the NRL we have to turn up and play our best to get the points,” said Grant of the Cowboys.
“Personally and as a team, we’ve got a lot to improve on moving forward in order to get to where we want to be. Coming up against the Cowboys will certainly be another good test for us.”
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Spotlight: The Halves
If there’s one thing to be said about the Rabbitohs’ roster it’s that there’s no shortage of depth, and the halves are no exception. The injury of Adam Reynolds will see Luke Keary move to halfback this week, while a question mark still hangs over who will take up the role of pivot after John Sutton was ruled out of the match
While the disruption of the Reynold/Keary partnership is far from ideal, the question-mark opens a range of opportunities for the red and greens, including the possibility of Greg Inglis moving to role – a position in which the Test star won a Clive Churchill medal.
Look to the vocal Keary to stamp his authority on the Rabbitohs attack.
The Cowboys boast plenty of dangers across the park, but without doubt the keystone comes in the form of Johnathan Thurston. The Test half’s vision and play-making ability is among the best in the competition, regularly creating point-scoring opportunities from all positions on the field.
But to place the ‘danger’ solely on Thurston’s shoulders is far too simplistic an assessment on the North Queenslanders. Take their forward pack for instance – an engine-room that boasts Test props, James Tamou and Matt Scott. These two enforcers’ fortunes during the match will have a direct effect on Thurston’s influence on the match.