Cameron McInnes says that a two week lead-in to the Rabbitohs’ Round 16 clash against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles will be taken full advantage of by him and his teammates.
The Rabbitohs will have their first of two byes for the 2015 season this week, before leading in to a Friday night blockbuster clash against traditional rivals the Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium.
“We’ve got the bye this week so we’ve essentially got two weeks to work really hard and be primed and ready to take on the Sea Eagles.
“All the boys are really buzzing and excited to play that game.”
The match will be the 135th time that the two sides will come together since the North-siders entered the competition in 1947, and could potentially boast a battle of the siblings in the form of the Burgess and Stewart brothers.
Back at training this week, McInnes cited a high level of enthusiasm among the playing group as they prepare for the clash.
“We’ve all been keen to get stuck in and work really hard, so that’s what we’ve been doing,” said McInnes.
“We may not be playing this week, but this is a great opportunity to take stock, get our body’s right and look forward to our next game. I think we’ll get a lot out of the week – it’s been a positive one all around so far.”
McInnes has now played 16 NRL games after making his debut in Round 5 of the 2014 season against St George Illawarra at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Since then, a number of young players have joined the first grade ranks including the likes of Aaron Gray and John Olive this season.
“I think they’ve been fantastic,” said McInnes of the pair.
“Both of those boys have come out and taken their opportunities with both hands which is really pleasing to see for all of us.
“As a team, it’s all about getting the little things right every day and I’m sure that those boys will continue to do that.”