Maguire’s Insights – Rd 3, 2016
Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, has given his insights into this week’s Round 3 clash against the St George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Coming off the back of an impressive 48-6 victory over the Newcastle Knights, Round 3 of the Telstra Premiership will see the South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at the Sydney Cricket Ground – a venue filled with rich Rugby League history and significant meaning for both Clubs.
Hosting close to 1,400 top-grade Rugby League matches, including the NSWRL Grand Finals from 1913 to 1987, the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket ground is an integral part of the Rugby League story – especially for the Rabbitohs and Dragons, with the two sides competing against each other in five grand finals – 1927, 1949, 1953, 1965 and 1971 – at the historic ground.
Despite only hosting a handful of Rugby League clashes a season in recent times, the tradition and significance of playing at the venue has been forgotten by none.
Head Coach, Michael Maguire, discussed the feelings held by the players in regards to playing at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
“For our players it’s definitely a privilege to play on such a historic ground.
“The boys really enjoy going back to the SCG. I’d love to be able to jump out there with the players.”
Although, the match against St George Illawarra is technically an away game for the Red and Greens, Maguire is excited by the prospect of Rabbitohs fans turning out in the masses due to the grounds close proximity to the South Sydney area.
“We’re in a bit of home territory around the Souths area,” said Maguire.
“It’s always good to see a lot more red and green than the opposition, so I’m looking forward to seeing our crew get out there.”
Maguire is adamant that the Dragons will be up to the occasion and present his side with a challenge come Sunday.
“We’re playing a team that are after two points just like we are,” said Maguire.
“They’ve got quality across the park and we’ve got a lot of players that we need to watch. We need to be well and truly switched on.”
The Rabbitohs will take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at the SCG this Sunday. Kick-off is at 4pm. Click here to purchase your tickets!