Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire expects the Club’s young brigade to shine this week in the absence of senior squad members such as Greg Inglis and Issac Luke when the side take on the Tigers on Friday night.
Rabbitohs skipper, Inglis, is currently on Origin camp while Issac Luke will miss Friday’s match as a precaution following a medial twinge against the Warriors in Perth.
For his part, Maguire views the absence of both players as another opportunity for his enthusiastic young-guns to shine. Among them this week will be 18 year old John Olive, who will make his first grade debut on the wing.
“I look at it more as an opportunity for these younger guys,” said Maguire.
“Every young chap that’s come into our team – whether it’s Aaron Gray, Nathan Brown and many more over this period where we’ve had a few people on the sideline through injury – they’ve actually all stood up.
“So for us it’s really all about those young men growing into the team and showing what they can do.”
The match will also serve as another opportunity for Cameron McInnes to show his wares wearing the number nine jersey in what will be his 16th first grade appearance.
“He’s a great player and obviously really improving how he’s going about (things) not only on the field but off the field with everything he’s doing,” said Maguire.
“He’s a player with a big future ahead with great leadership qualities, but it’s his opportunity now to get out and start at nine.”
The Wests Tigers come into the match without the services of Origin forwards Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah, as well as coming off four losses. But Maguire told the media this week that such factors are not considered when preparing for a game.
“You don’t look at any of those sorts of things,” said Maguire.
“You’ve got to turn up every single week in the NRL and that’s been shown through games that we’ve had this year where we haven’t quite been at our best at times.
“This week is really about taking everything we took out of the Warriors game – our completion rates to obviously our defence and moving forward in what will be a very enthusiastic Tigers team. They’ve still got a lot of good players in that team.”
While Friday night’s clash is a Tigers home game, as part of a joint agreement, Rabbitohs Ticketed Members have access to Friday nights clash and have access to the following areas:
Reserved Diamond/Gold/Silver Members will access via Gate C/D with General Admission Seating available on Level 4 East.
General Admission/Burrow/3Game/Regional Members will access via Gate B with General Admission Seating available on Level 1 in Aisles 101 to 103. The Burrow will be located in the Rabbitohs Fans GA area.