Rabbitohs front-rower, George Burgess, believes that his side’s week off from football will assist their efforts when they take on the Parramatta Eels at Pirtek Stadium on Friday night.

According to Burgess, the Representative Round has provided his side with the opportunity to refocus and prepare themselves for the next period of the season, starting with the game against the Eels on Friday night.

“It’s always good as a squad to have a week off, whether you’re winning or losing,” said Burgess.

“It has been mentally refreshing and allows you to get your body right,

“(We’ve been) doing some good work behind the scenes to get ready and kick-start us.”

Burgess acknowledged that the squad has some areas that need improvement – something that has been worked on in the past week.

 

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“We’re always trying to work on what we can improve on each week.

“We have a fair bit to improve on – sometimes you’ve just got to keep working hard at it.

“We’ve been working hard in the week off out on the training field and in the video room.”

Despite appreciating the benefits of the time off, Burgess is relishing the opportunity to get back onto the paddock against a determined Eels side.

“They’ve been a great team this year, they’ve been playing some really good footy,” said Burgess.

“They’ll come out hard – I don’t think what’s going on (off-field) has really affected them too much.

“We’re happy about the challenge and can’t wait to get back out there.”

In his last outing in Round 9, Burgess ran for 156 metres with ball in hand and completed 21 tackles in a 45 minute display. He will start off the bench this week playing in jumper number 17.

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