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Ask Rabbitohs forward Glenn Stewart about the mood at Redfern ahead of this Friday’s Ron Coote Cup, final round clash against the Roosters, and the word excitement just keeps popping up.

As though a Rabbitohs v Roosters clash couldn’t get any bigger, the traditional local rivalry will have a number of elements added in for good measure this Friday night, with the Rabbitohs looking to finish the season on a high with victory – giving them the best chance of climbing as high as fourth on the ladder as well as taking the Ron Coote Cup, while the Roosters will be looking to wrap up the Minor Premiership.

After a hiccup against the Broncos last week, Stewart spoke of the buoyant mood in camp ahead of Friday’s tussle.  

“We went back and had a look at our game – obviously a few areas to improve on,” said Stewart.

“But the boys are very excited about this week and looking forward to getting out there this afternoon (at training).

“Our focus is very much about this week and playing for the full 80, and with the side we’ve got – we’re very excited. We’re very confident within our group and very excited about where we’re heading – I don’t think we could be more confident.”

For Stewart, Friday’s Round 26 clash represents his second foray into the Rabbitohs v Roosters rivalry – one that has simmered since the games inception in 1908. But while proud to now be a part of that history, Stewart and his teammates are focussed on getting the two competition points.

“We had a big game against them (in Round 2) and it was my first taste with that rivalry,” said Stewart.

“To us it doesn’t really matter who we’re playing – we’re getting ourselves right and we’re just going to lift our energy across the board and really just get back to that excitement of playing for each other.

“I think we’re on the right track this week for that.”

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