Rabbitohs hookers Issac Luke and Cameron McInnes have been working closely together at Rabbitohs training - the two showing that the hard work is paying off by playing central roles for the side last week against the Eels.
After starting from the bench in recent matches, Luke was last week elevated to the starting line-up at the last minute, before this week being named to start on the Gold Coast against the Titans at Cbus Super Stadium.
McInnes, freshly signed to a new deal, scored what would be the match-winning try against the Eels in Round 11 before Luke added the extras to seal the match in the final five minutes of play.
“Me and Cam have been working together really good,” said Luke.
“Like Madge says, it’s all about performance. I managed to tick off a lot of boxes against the Storm and I got my place back.
“But me and Cam have been doing a lot of work together and we’ve been training hard together.
“He’s a good kid – humble and he works every day. He comes to training every day and he just wants to better himself and it’s going to pay off in the long run.
“He’s learned a lot off the other hookers that have been here as well – as I have as well.”
Meanwhile, Luke admitted to looking forward to watching tonight’s opening State of Origin match and is throwing his support behind Greg Inglis’ Maroons, despite being a little torn by the birthplace of his children.
“I’ll stick with the Maroons,” said Luke.
“Not because of their run-rate – I was watching the game’s in New Zealand with my old man when New South Wales were dominating as well.
“My oldest son, he was born in Queensland. But then my daughter and my other son – they were born down here."