Glenn Stewart returned to Brookvale Oval last night for the first time since joining the Rabbitohs, but didn’t get the result that he and his team were looking for.
The Sea Eagles came out firing in search of a spot in the NRL’s top eight, downing the men in red and green by 28-8 in Round 22.
“We had all intentions of starting well, but a couple of little things slipped for us at the start,” said Stewart.
“Manly came out and played really well in the first 20 (minutes) and probably didn’t allow is to get into the game as what we would have liked.”
But while the result didn’t go Souths’ way, Stewart pointed to positive signs in the Rabbitohs game that the side will now look to improve on as they prepare to take on North Queensland in Thursday Night Football in Round 23.
“Some parts (were) good, and other parts a bit flat,” said Stewart of his side’s performance.
“But that’ll give us an opportunity to have a look at this week at what we can improve. It wasn’t all bad but lots that we can improve on as well.”
The energetic forward will notch up his 200th NRL game should he be selected to take on the Cowboys by Head Coach Michael Maguire, and while pleased to be reaching the double tonne, Stewart emphasised that he would much prefer a win.
“It feels like I should be playing about 300,” smiled Stewart.
“I’ve had a few injuries, but 200 is definitely a great milestone to come back from some of the injuries I’ve had. But it is about us (the team) and not individuals.
“The 200 will be great, but getting the win for the team will be even better.”