George Looking to Build on Momentum
Rabbitohs prop-forward, George Burgess, feels that his side is slowly improving and the English international wants to take advantage of that momentum leading into Friday night’s clash against the Penrith Panthers.
The Rabbitohs accounted for the Sea-Eagles by 20-8 in Round 16 in what was all around considered an improved performance across the park by the men in red and green. But George emphasised to Rabbitohs.com.au this week that building on that performance is key.
“I feel we’re getting better and that we’re starting to build a bit of momentum, but we need to build on that,” said George.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to build on what we’ve been doing. Certainly we’ve been improving – we want that to continue, so we want to go out to Penrith and get the two points heading into the bye.
“The boys have all been training really well this week and we’re looking forward to taking that all out onto the field.”
The Panthers come into Friday’s clash at Pepper Stadium having defeated the Wests Tigers 35-12 at Leichardt Oval in a match that saw Panthers winger Davis Simmons bag four tries.
But while the form of the Panthers has been impressive, for Burgess, of even more importance is the need for focus on his own team’s structures.
“We’ve got to focus on ourselves when preparing,” said George.
“We have a great amount of respect for all the teams we come up against – you need to in this competition because anyone can win on their day. Penrith are doing a great job at the minute and they’ll want to continue on with that this week.
“Every game in the NRL is a challenge and you have to be at your best to come away with the two points each week.”
Burgess was heavily involved in last week's clash with the Sea Egales, making 170 metres with the ball in hand - more than any other on the field – while also topping the tackle count with Issac Luke (40 tackles) and six tackle breaks.
Head Coach, Michael Maguire, was pleased with his prop forward's form.
“George looks at his game every week and he’s trying to improve as a player,” said Maguire.
“I thought it was one of his better performances of this year actually – he really steamed onto the ball. But that’s a platform of the team working hard for each other and allowing the opportunities for each player to do the things that George did.
“I thought it was great to see him find that form again.”