Rabbitohs outside back, Alex Johnston, believes that remaining hungry and focusing on each week as it comes is crucial for the team as they prepare for their round 25 clash with the Brisbane Broncos on Thursday night.
Johnston believes that the Rabbitohs will need to step up their game after a lacklustre performance against the Bulldogs in round 24. The winger, who has bagged 17 tries in 22 games this season, acknowledged that his team was far from their best in their last outing against the Bulldogs.
“We didn’t come out with the energy that we should have,” admitted Johnston.
“They came out hungrier than us really, and it’s something we need to improve this week.”
Despite the loss, Johnston emphasised that the team is completely focussed on tomorrow’s clash against the highly positioned Brisbane Broncos.
“We’re going week to week,” said Johnston.
“We’ve already forgotten about the Bulldogs, we’re just focusing on the Broncos game”
Although the Broncos have recently endured three tough loses in the last five rounds, Johnston is very wary of the team sitting in second position on the ladder, paying tribute to their consistency throughout the 2015 season.
“They’ve been a great side all year. They’ve cemented their top four position, so coming up against us, they’re going to be a really big challenge.
“We really need to step it up and try and get the win.”
In addition to the Rabbitohs facing a fired up Broncos side that will be desperately seeking to get their season back on track, it was announced that Greg Inglis would miss this week’s game after undergoing minor knee surgery to treat an injury sustained during the loss against the Bulldogs.
Johnston, who has filled in at fullback numerous times this season, expressed that he is ready to slot in to replace the injured custodian after being named at fullback by Coach Michael Maguire.
“Wherever he puts me, I’ll be ready,” said Johnston.
Despite the omission of Inglis, the Rabbitohs side will be boosted by the return of Luke Keary and Isaac Luke, who are set to play against the Broncos after spending a week on the sidelines through suspension.
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