Storm v Rabbitohs
Saturday, 15 May
AAMI Park, Melbourne
After getting back in the winners’ circle in Round 9, the Rabbitohs venture down to Melbourne to take on the second-placed Storm at AAMI Park in a match that Head Coach, Michael Maguire has labelled ‘an opportunity.
The Rabbitohs will be without the services of halfback, Adam Reynolds, who fractured his thumb during Monday night’s clash, but will be bolstered by the return of John Sutton despite suffering an eye injury in the same match.
After three consecutive losses, the men in red and green put in an 80 minute performance against the Saints that is sure to have instilled some confidence in the side. But as far as the Rabbitohs themselves are concerned, the win is well and truly behind them and all focus is on the Storm.
Chris Grevsmuhl highlighted the point when he spoke to the media this week.
“We’re just in here to do a job,” said Grevsmuhl.
“We were happy with the win but we’re looking to the game on the weekend against the Storm.
“They’re always a strong team. They’re always competitive and they always fight til the end – we don’t expect anything less from them.
“They’re always consistent – they can win games from nowhere and they have the players to do it. We’re just going out there to do a job.”
Maguire cited the importance of grinding out an 80 minute performance this week against a Melbourne outfit many consider to have been the benchmark of the competition over the last decade under Craig Bellamy.
“I think Melbourne do that every week,” said Maguire.
“That’s something they’ve worked (at) for a long, long time – it’s an 80 minute performance going down there and we know exactly what we have to do and go about it exactly the same.
“Every play is an important one and that’s what we’re setting out to do.”
The need for improvement is high on the Rabbitohs’ list of priorities this week according to Rabbitohs forward Tim Grant,
“It doesn’t matter if you’ve won five in a row or lost five in a row, there’s always somewhere to improve and the boys are real diligent in doing their video and training.
“We know the results are going to come if we keep working hard and being honest with each other, and that’s what we’ve done.”
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After a week of reverting back to five-eighth to accommodate the brief return of Adam Reynolds, Luke Keary returns to the number seven jersey to steer the Rabbitohs at halfback. Keary will have extra help this week though, with John Sutton set to don the number six jersey at five-eighth – a promising combination that will no doubt settle the side’s attack.