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The South Sydney Rabbitohs flew to Townsville today in preparation for this Thursday night’s Round 23 clash against the North Queensland Cowboys, with Head Coach Michael Maguire taking time out to share his thoughts ahead of the clash.

Both the Rabbitohs and Cowboys come into the Thursday night blockbuster having gone down in their last respective outings, the Rabbitohs going down to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval last Friday – a match that Maguire said his team have learnt plenty from.

“For us, we got a fair few lessons out of that game and we’ve got to make sure we take them into Thursday,” said Maguire.

“It’s definitely not the performance that we’re after. Manly are a quality team along with every team that you’re playing each week.

“We probably got off to a bad start, they got on top of us and the possession and those sorts of things went against us.


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“But at the end of the day, that’s up to us to make sure we change those and we didn’t do that in that game.”

As the side enters the last month of the regular season, Maguire is pleased that he has a number of fresh troops ready in the wing, including the likes of forward, Kyle Turner, as well as centre Kirisome Auva’a, who has been playing strongly for the North Sydney Bears in recent weeks.

 “A number of our players are actually quite fresh,” Maguire enthused.

“A few of our players have had some time off through injury so everyone’s actually feeling in good shape, so really we’ve got to make sure we use that now.

“With someone like Kirisome coming into the squad, and Kyle Turner – it allows us to bring some good people back into the team.”

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