PREVIEW: Rd 7, 2015
Sharks v Rabbitohs
Monday 20 April 2015
The Rabbitohs will travel to the Shire on Monday night to take on Cronulla in Round 7 – the Club going in search of their fifth win of the season.
By the team’s own admission, their Round 6 loss to the Cowboys last Monday night was far from their best performance and the men in red and green will be looking to improve on that when they venture to Remondis Stadium.
“We’ve been playing some good footy at times and some footy that we need to improve,” Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire told the media.
“There’s times in games where we probably haven’t been at our best, so for us it’s about every moment in our game.”
The Souths mentor cited that there is plenty of room left for improvement in his team as they come up against a Sharks side that is itself on the up – now with two consecutive wins behind them.
“Their team has improved as they’ve gone through the season,” said Magurie.
“For us, we’re aware of what’s coming – they’ve got a lot of quality across that team of theirs.”
After starting the opening rounds of the season with a settled line-up, Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire’s hand was forced to make changes following injuries to the likes of John Sutton and Adam Reynolds (most notably).
But while Rabbitohs players such as Jason Clark acknowledge that the loss of teammates through injury is never ideal, the Souths Junior emphasised the need for his team to ‘stick to the plan’.
“We’re sticking to our structures – nothing really needs to change,” said Clark.
“Obviously there’s been a change in our sort of structure with our players, but we’re making do and the boys are stepping up and doing their best.
“They (the Sharks) are going well – they’re having a great year. Their back-five are going great and obviously their boys up front are doing the job for them.”
The Sharks have their own set of challenges to overcome on the back of the loss of the Fifita brothers – a loss that Sharks Coach, Shane Flanagan, didn’t downplay when he spoke to the club’s official website.
“He’s that big body,” said Flanagan referring to Andrew.
“Against the Burgess boy’s and co it’s going to be a challenge and unfortunately we’ve lost his brother as well with a broken leg.
“To lose them both is tough against a real big Souths side but that gives the opportunity to someone else.”