The Rabbitohs will need to live up to their own high standards this Sunday at ANZ Stadium when they take on a Panthers outfit that will be less a number of high profile players. But if anything, according to Head Coach Michael Maguire that will only make the visitors hungrier.
With the likes of Dean Whare, Peter Wallace and Nigel Plum all out, and young-guns set to be given opportunities, Maguire is certain that the injection of enthusiasm will have the Panthers side in top form come Sunday afternoon at ANZ Stadium.
“Every team has certain issues throughout the season with injury,” said Maguire.
“I’ve seen many teams come up when people have had opportunities, so for us, we’ve got to make sure that we’re well aware of what’s expected of what we do each week and the boys have got to go out and do that.”
The Rabbitohs will be looking to build on their two consecutive wins against the Dragons and Knights in recent weeks – performances that showcased maturation among the side’s many combinations.
“I was very pleased with obviously the way certain things went throughout the game,” said Maguire.
“There’s areas in that game that you look at and you want to take into the following week and I feel that the boys have been preparing and doing all the little one percenters that you always talk about, and it’s reflecting on the field.
“But we’ve got to maintain that now and continually push forward with it.
“I think it gives the boys a bit of an air of confidence around things that we’ve been working on.
“It’s definitely something that we’ve been chipping away at on the park and how we’ve been training. And to be able to get a lot of the plays on and the combinations that we have been growing over this last sort of month – it’s pleasing to see.”
The South Sydney Rabbitohs will take on the Penrith Panthers this Sunday afternoon at ANZ Stadium, with kick-off slated for 4pm. Click here to purchase your tickets now!