While the Rabbitohs may have picked up a solid win against the North Queensland Cowboys last week, but Head Coach Michael Maguire this week emphasised that consistency will be the key as his side prepares to take on the Bulldogs this Friday at ANZ Stadium.
Round 23 saw an aggressive and energised Rabbitohs outfit take down the Cowboys by 31-18 in Townsville, but Maguire is keen for more of the same this week.
“We haven’t done anything yet – I mean that’s one game,” said Maguire.
“We need to make sure that we show consistency around that performance and that’s the biggest thing that we need to do this week.
“For us, we’ve got to make sure we build on what we did last week. We’ve had a bit of a bumpy ride I guess in a number of games, but for us it’s really taking what we did last week and (making) sure we grow on that because that’s what this part of the season is all about.
“We’ve got to show the same attitude and the drive (that we) we put into North Queensland to the Bulldogs because they’re a very good team.
“They’ve got a big pack – very similar to what we played last week – and they like to move the ball around so we’ve got to be right on song.”
With hooker Issac Luke, and five-eighth Luke Keary, both set to miss this week’s match through suspension, it will be a slightly re-shuffled Rabbitohs line-up taking the field against the resurgent Bulldogs this Friday in the Special Olympics Cup.
Paul Carter – just one game into his career at Souths – will take on the role of dummy-half after an impressive first outing against the Cowboys last week, while John Sutton will revert to five-eighth to team up with Adam Reynolds in the halves.
Maguire is confident with the tried and proven Reynolds/Sutton halves pairing, and is looking forward to seeing what Carter will have to offer from dummy-half – a position he has played plenty of for the North Sydney Bears in recent weeks.
“I think he’s going to be very valuable to us moving forward,” said Maguire of Carter.
“He’s come on board and he’s trained really, really hard since he’s been here.
“He’s earned every opportunity he’s gotten and I thought he came on last week and provided a lot of energy around the team and the boys really enjoy playing with him.”