For Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, the clear message is that it’s all about 80 minute performances, after his side downed the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville last night.
The Rabbitohs ran in five tries to three against the competition front-runners on their own turf, with stand-out performances across the park including a relentless 46 tackle effort from Kyle Turner, 153 metres gained by Thomas Burgess, and a perfect night (five from five) for Adam Reynolds off the boot.
For Maguire, the effort emphasised the high level of belief present in his side as they prepare to take on the Bulldogs in Round 24 at ANZ Stadium next week.
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“There’s a lot of belief amongst us as a team and the players know what they’re capable of,” said Maguire.
“It’s just a matter of doing that for 80 minutes which we produced tonight and that’s something that we need to keep producing.
“We’ll look at this week and areas in that game where we must improve on, but there was a lot of positives out of things we did tonight.”
The men in red and green completed 34 sets out of 39 (87.2%) on their way to an all-important victory. Of particular interest to Maguire was the platform laid by the Rabbitohs forward pack that allowed the likes of Reynolds, Keary and co. to flourish in open space.
“I thought all our forwards laid a good platform,” said Maguire.
“Obviously the Cowboys have got a big forward pack and they rolled forward. We knew that and we had to make sure that we performed the way we were capable of and I thought the forwards did that for us tonight.
“It allowed our halves to play off the back and then obviously Greg (Inglis) out the back there with his edge plays.
“We were able to talk about a certain game-plan that we were able to come up with and the boys were able to produce that for the 80 minutes.”
The Rabbitohs will return to ANZ Stadium next Friday night to take on the Bulldogs in Round 24 of the Premiership. Members and supporters are urged to Assemble and cheer the boys over the line! Purchase your tickets now!