Hard-running forward, Chris Grevsmuhl, knows that it’s the little things that will make the difference for his Rabbitohs as they prepare to play for the Ron Coote Cup against the Sydney Roosters this Friday in the final Round of the regular season at Allianz Stadium.
Grevsmuhl, who made his first grade debut earlier this year – cited a number of areas for improvement in his own game and that of the team’s ahead of the all-important clash against the local rivals.
“It’s really about being consistent for me personally as well as the team,” said Grevsmuhl.
“I’m just running as hard as I can and trying to play the ball as fast as I can so the little blokes can take advantage off the back of it – it’s definitely about getting those little things right.
“Defensively as well, we know we’ve got to tighten that up this week and it’ll be a good time to test that against the Roosters.”
Despite being ravaged by injury, the first-placed Roosters were in stellar form against Manly in Round 25, all but ending the north-siders’ Premiership campaign with a pulverising 46-10 victory at Brookvale Oval.
“They’re playing really good football at the right time of year,” said Grevsmuhl of the Roosters.
“Like every team in the NRL, they play for each other and are getting the rewards for that, but for us it’s about getting our stuff right first.
“We know that they’ll be trying to roll up through the middle so we’ll have to be on song defensively to stop that and we’ll be looking to get our combos and plays right so we can get the job done.”
“We’ve got a big week coming up. We’re focussed on going out and doing the best job we can both on and off the field so that we’ll all be peaking at the same time on Friday night against the Roosters.”
Victory for the Roosters will almost certainly see the Eastern Suburbs club take the Minor Premiership, while a Rabbitohs victory will go a long way to propelling the side further up the competition ladder with the potential to finish as high as fourth pending other favourable results.
There’ll be silverware on the line too as the clubs battle it out for the Ron Coote Cup – the Rabbitohs in the box seat to collect the trophy on aggregate after grabbing victory in Round 2 against the Roosters.
“It’s definitely one of, if not the strongest rivalries in the game – both sets of fans take it very seriously and that just adds to the whole thing,” said Grevsmuhl of the occasion.
“For us, we’ll be focussed on getting the little things right so we can get the win, but we’d love to see as many Rabbitohs Members and supporters out there as possible.
“They’re awesome every week and we definitely need them this Friday night.”