Rabbitohs v Knights
It’s Round 20 and the South Sydney Rabbitohs return to their home of ANZ Stadium to take on a resurgent Newcastle Knights outfit intent on proving that their strong Round 19 win wasn’t a one off.
The Knights kept the Gold Coast Titans try-less in their 30-2 victory at Hunter Stadium last week, the performance showing a level of defensive steel that they will no doubt be looking to replicate against the men in red and green.
But the Rabbitohs had a solid win of their own in Round 19, taking down the St George Illawarra Dragons by 24-8 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a match that saw Adam Reynolds take control along with halves partner Keary – both of whom scored brilliant tries.
For Maguire, last week’s victory will be but a platform for what needs to be accomplished this week against the Knights.
“A pleasing performance, but we’ve got to take all the positives out of that game and make sure we’re taking it into this week’s game,” said Maguire.
“Newcastle performed very well in their last game and we know what’s coming. But it’s about us making sure we’re taking all the quality stuff out of our previous game and into the weekend.
“I think every week (it’s) been shown this season that we’ve got to keep turning up and being at our best – this week’s no different.
“It’s about the things we do – we’ve taken the things out of the St George game that were high quality and we’ve got to make sure we build on those.”
Video: Maguire's Line-up
Maguire has stuck to the team that did the job against the Dragons last week, with the most noticeable change coming in the form of the side welcoming back hooker Issac Luke from suspension. Souths Junior, Cameron McInnes, deputised for the Kiwi international but sustained an ankle injury during the match.
“Good to get Issac back, but unfortunately for Cameron he’s a possibility of being out for about four week,” said Maguire earlier in the week.
“We’ll see where that goes but I’ve been really pleased with his progress. He’s becoming a very strong part of what we’re doing moving forward.
“But to have Issac back, as we know, he’s got a lot of quality there around the dummy-half and I think the forwards will enjoy jumping off the back of him, and he also off the back of the momentum we can build.”
The Rabbitohs will take on the Newcastle Knights this Saturday night at ANZ Stadium, with kick-off slated for 7:30pm. Click here to purchase your tickets!
Spotlight: Issac Luke
The man affectionately known as ‘Bully’ at Redfern will no doubt be ready to go this Saturday night after spending a week on the sidelines owing to suspension. The Kiwi hooker has proven integral from dummy half during the season by consistently keeping opposition markers on their toes and defensive lines guessing as he looks to make sneaky metres through the middle – indeed fewin the game do it better than him. If Newcastle’s Round 19 steely defence is again put on show this Saturday, Luke could prove a vital weapon in helping to put the Rabbitohs on the front foot.
(NYC) Rabbitohs v Knights
The Rabbitohs NYC side will take on the Newcastle Nights in this Saturday night’s under 20s curtain raiser at ANZ Stadium after a brutal match against the Dragons last week.
Coming up against the Dragons in Round 19, a vicious battle unfolded at Allianz Stadium that saw two Dragons and a Rabbitoh sent from field as tempers flared. Troy Finch’s boys will be looking to focus in on the job at hand this Saturday night against Newcastle.
Separated by five points on the competition table, the Rabbitohs currently sit in 14th position, while the Knights sit just outside the top eight on equal competition points (20) with position eight and seven.
For the Rabbitohs, it’s crunch time as they come into the final eight Rounds of the regular season looking to edge closer to a finals series berth.
Working in the home-side’s favour this week though is their superior defence so far this season compared to the Knights. The Rabbitohs have let in 474 points, while Newcastle have let in 514. The Newcastle side have only narrowly scored more points than the Rabbitohs during the course of 2015, with just 23 more.
Expect the halves combination of Eli Levido and Jordie Hedges to take control for the men in red and green. Levido has been in fine form during 2015, laying on some well-timed passes and showing great vision steering his team around the field, while Jordie Hedges has been sensational with the boot – slotting goals from all over the park.