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Rabbitohs front rower, George Burgess, was proud of the character his team showed against the Penrith Panthers over the weekend to grab victory at ANZ Stadium in Round 21, but more of the same will be needed this week against the Sea Eagles.

After taking control of matches against the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights in consecutive weeks, the Rabbitohs fought hard to seal victory against the Panthers after being down 12-0 early in proceedings thanks to an explosive opening from the visitors.

With the contrast of the previous weeks in mind, Burgess emphasised that no two games are the same and stressed the need for his team to be prepared for all challenges when they take on the resurgent Manly Sea Eagles outfit this Friday night.


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“Every week is different – teams are going to throw different things at you,” said Burgess.

“We’ve always got to be able to adjust during games – adjusting to the situation around you, and I thought we did that (last week),” said Burgess.

The Rabbitohs will be looking to continue their winning ways when they return to Brookvale Oval for the first time since Round 7 of the 2013 season.

But Burgess and his teammates are under no illusions about the task ahead of them. The Sea Eagles come into Round 22 flying high after an emphatic 44-14 demolition of competition front-runners, the Brisbane Broncos on the Central Coast.

“They’ll be a very hungry team like they’ve shown in the past weeks,” said Burgess.

“They’ve been putting some good performances against some high quality teams- we’ve definitely got our work cut out (for us).”

Burgess was prominent for the Rabbitohs against the Panthers, running for 170 metres with ball in hand and completing 36 tackles in his 54 minutes on the field.