Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles
It’s one of the game’s fiercest rivalries, and now hostilities are set to re-ignite this Friday night for the 135th time between the Rabbitohs and the Sea Eagles.
Both teams come into the Round having played their last game against the Wests Tigers with differing results. While the Rabbitohs went down to the Tigers, the Sea Eagles didn’t. But Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire is confident that his side has prepared well, particularly thanks to having a week off with the bye in Round 15.
Video: Maguire’s Line-up
“It’s up to us how we go about things,” said Maguire.
“It’s been a good preparation for us through the bye and the boys have definitely freshened up and you can see the bounce in their step coming back this week – looking forward to get back into games.
“The boys had a bit of time (off), but early on we put a bit of work into them which was always (being) planned.”
The Sea Eagles had their bye in Round 14 before defeating the Tigers to the tune of 30-20 at Brookvale Oval. And despite their position on the ladder (16th), Maguire is under no illusions as to the high quality of the team – particularly in their halves pairing.
“They’re a strong team – they always are,” said Maguire.
“Obviously with the two halves they’ve got with Cherry-Evans and Foran. They’ve got a pack that’s fairly mobile.
“They like to shift the ball – they’ll shift from one side of the park to the other, so defensively you’ve got to be on song on every single play because they’re willing to go up the short side or they’ll take you through the middle.
“But the big thing for us is doing the things we’re capable of and taking our stuff that we’ve been practicing onto the field.”
The Rabbitohs will this week welcome back Greg Inglis, who missed the side’s last outing owing to State of Origin duty.
“Obviously having Greg coming back in is a big positive, but I think for Adam – we threw him in there with the thumb still sort of on the mend,” said Maguire.
“One thing we know about Adam is that he’s a pretty resilient young man – he’s working hard at his game and he’s looking forward to just getting out there and playing footy again.”
Spotlight: The Halves
In many ways, the Reynolds/Keary partnership is still very much in its infancy – particularly when it comes to season 2015. In all, the pair have partnered in the halves on seven occasions (not including pre-season encounters) – a fact that will have Rabbitohs Members and supporters excited about the possibilities given more game time. Never ones to shirk from a challenge, the pair could re-find their feet together this week as they come up against the formidable halves pairing of Foran and Cherry-Evans.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles on Friday night (26 June) in Round 16 of the NRL. Click here to purchase your tickets now!