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Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, is preparing his team for a fired up Manly-Warringah outfit this Friday night when the two Clubs meet for the second time this season.

Both Souths and Manly come into the Round 22 clash having picked up wins in their last outings, and with Manly having downed the first-placed Brisbane Broncos by 44-14, Geoff Toovey’s men will be buoyant at their home of Brookvale Oval this week.

“They’re in good form and we’re working away at the things that we want to continually take into the back end of the season,” said Maguire.

“There have been a lot of good things that we’ve been looking at and there (are) things that we want to make sure we’re taking into Friday’s game.

“Obviously Manly have been playing really well in the last sort of month and we’re aware of what they can do and how they play.


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“Over there (at Brookvale Oval) they’re going to have a big crowd with plenty of home support. But for us it’s about what we do and it’s the practice we’ve done this week and we’ve refreshed really well after our game on Sunday – being a short turnaround, the boys are in really good shape so we’re really looking forward to Friday.”

Maguire named his Round 22 team yesterday (Tuesday), and included Kyle Turner in the number 14 jumper just one week after his return to the field.

While Turner made a successful return to first grade, the young-gun left the field with a concussion during the course of proceedings.

Maguire stressed that Turner was in high spirits following last week’s game against the Panthers and that the talented forward had no doubt in his mind about returning to the field this Friday. The mentor echoed the thoughts of High Performance Manager, Troy Thomson though, by citing that a process was in place to ensure the safety of all players returning from injury.  

“There are certain protocols that you go through, and he’s ticking off those and you don’t train early in the week,” said Maguire.

“But we’ll see how he is tomorrow and he’ll have a bit of run around and he’s obviously got pass certain things (tests) – we’ll be very thorough in that area and if he’s right to go, he’s right to go and if he’s not, we’ll sit him out for the next opportunity.”

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