PREVIEW: Rd 25, 2015
Rabbitohs v Broncos
While the regular season may be winding down, one thing that isn’t is on-field intensity as the Rabbitohs prepare to clash with equal competition leaders, the Brisbane Broncos at Allianz Stadium in Throwback Thursday.
The match represents a return to the Rabbitohs’ former home-ground of the late 80s, 90s and early 2000s, in what is a must win game for both sides. For the Rabbitohs, victory is required to keep them inside the top four, while for the Broncos, with just two games remaining and the Minor Premiership on the line, victory will put them one step closer to the game’s first-past-the-post prize.
Both teams will be looking for improved performances in Round 25, having gone down in both their respective Round 24 encounters – the Rabbitohs against the Bulldogs, and the Broncos to the equal first Roosters.
“We know what we’re capable of and we’ve shown that at periods throughout the season,” said Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire of his team.
“It’s recognising that that’s the way that we perform and that’s the standard that we set at this Club.
“The Broncos have obviously led the way right throughout the season in how they’ve performed. They’ve been a very consistent team, so we’ve got to make sure that everything we’re doing is for 80 minutes. They’re an 80 minute team that compete, and we need to be at our best.”
The Rabbitohs will be without the services of star fullback and skipper, Greg Inglis, who had minor knee surgery earlier in the week to remove floating cartilage from his knee. While the fullback could return as early as next week, Maguire is taking his absence as an opportunity for his team, with Alex Johnston set to wear the number one.
“It’s an opportunity for us too, to perform without Greg there,” said Maguire.
“We’ve shown that on a number of occasions now – to have boys that are able to slot into positions when needed.
“Unfortunately you have injuries throughout the season. That’s all part of it, but it’s how you react and I’m looking forward to seeing the reaction this Thursday night.”
The men in red and green will also be bolstered by the return of the suspended duo of Issac Luke and Luke Keary, while Chris Grevsmuhl will also come back into the side on Maguire’s bench.
“To have them back in the team is great for us,” said Maguire.
“Chrissy Grevsmuhl comes onto the bench – he’s been performing really well in reserve grade, so to have those three coming back into the team, I’m sure it’ll add a lot.”
Round 25 is also Old Boys Round, with past players of the Club set to take in the match from the stands.
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Rabbitohs v Broncos
Thursday, 5.20 pm
The Rabbitohs under 20s side take on the third-placed Broncos in what is a must-win game for the men in red and green, with time running out in the regular season.
Souths – currently on 15 competition points – need to win both of their last two matches in order to avoid finishing the season in last place, with St George Illawarra ahead of the side by three points on 18.
The Troy Finch Coached Rabbitohs were pipped at the post by the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in Round 24 at ANZ Stadium by just two points (26-24).
The Rabbitohs led the blue and whites late in the game – aided by two tries to the hard-running Haimona Hiroti, but it would be the Bulldogs who would leave with the two competition points, rendering Round 25 a must-win match for the side.