Both the Rabbitohs and North Queensland Cowboys will be intent on grabbing victory when Thursday Night Football returns this week in Townsville.
In the last Round, while the Rabbitohs went down 28-8 when they ventured out to Brookvale on Friday night to play the Sea Eagles, the Cowboys were trumped by an enthusiastic Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks outfit by 30-18 at Remondis Stadium – the home-side managing to snuff out two promising second-half revivals to score victory over the second-placed Queensland side.
Rabbitohs forward, Jason Clark, says that he and his team will be analysing their performance in preparation for the important road-trip – a match that will also see Souths forward Glenn Stewart notch up his 200th first grade game if selected.
“We’ll be working hard this week with the game up there,” said Clark.
“Obviously it’s a Thursday night game and obviously a big milestone for Gifty (Stewart)– but we’re looking forward to putting in a good performance for him.
“Our staff will do all their footage – we’ll work on that this week.
“We have a couple of days there of training, so we’ll work hard and we’ll be doing our best.”
It was a weekend of mixed results for the NRL’s current top-four, with the first-placed Broncos also going down to an eighth-placed Bulldogs side intent on securing a top-eight spot in the final few rounds of the season.
But while positions on the ladder are still up for grabs, focus at Redfern isn’t deviating further than this week’s game against the Cowboys.
“After next week I honestly couldn’t tell you who we’re playing,” admitted Clark.
“But a tough run does help the team I think. We’re looking forward to each week and whatever may be, we’re looking to put our best foot forward.”
The Rabbitohs will play in one more Thursday Night Football match before the 2015 season is out, when they take on the Brisbane Broncos in Round 25 at Allianz Stadium.