Rabbitohs forward, Chris McQueen has no illusions about the task ahead of him and his team when the men in red and green take on traditional rivals the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles next Friday in Round 16.
“They’ve got the sort of side that can turn up at any time and blow any team off the field,” said McQueen.
“We’ll have to be switched on ready for them and obviously we could have the battle of the brothers there.
“Sibling rivalry is always good, so I think there might be a few friendly fireworks and a little bit of funny stuff on the field at certain stages. But we’ll be looking to get the win first and foremost.”
The Rabbitohs will enjoy a weekend off with the bye this week – McQueen citing that the week has been well utilised by he and his teammates.
“It’s been a good week,” said McQueen.
“Obviously it’s handy if you’ve got a couple of niggling injuries to get that sorted out, but also a good opportunity for the boys to rip into each other, get some metres into the legs and do some good solid training.
“The NRL is a long season, so to have a short break from playing is important during the season. Having said that, it’s not a week off from football – we’re still working hard in the background and ripping in.
“There’s certainly plenty of room for improvement for us, and a lot of that comes down to us sticking to our structures and doing our jobs.
“The most important thing for me is just doing my job, talking to the boys around me, talking to my halves and finding out what they want. We’ll all continue to work hard at that and really push to develop those combinations.”
McQueen has also praised the side’s recent debutants such as Aaron Gray and John Olive – both of whom have shown maturity beyond their years according to the Rabbitohs forward.
“They’ve shown a lot of maturity, probably a lot more than their age would suggest,” said McQueen.
“It’s great to see plenty of enthusiasm coming through the squad through those young guys who are getting opportunities now – they’ve all worked really hard and are reaping the rewards.”
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles next Friday night (26 June) in Round 16 of the NRL. Click here to purchase your tickets now!