Mark Ellison returns to Maguire's Insights, brought to you by Hostplus, to provide you with the Head Coach's thoughts on our Sunday clash with the Newcastle Knights at Hunter Stadium.

Shooting at Maroubra beach today after what Maguire describes as 'the best defensive effort of the season' last night against the Cronulla Sharks, the focus of our playing group has shifted quickly to the next match and how we'll approach our Newcastle Knights fixture.

The last month has seen your Rabbitohs work hard on strengthening their defence and with dividends paying in the last three fixtures Maguire isn't looking to change the preparation and focus.

"We've really focused over this last month on our defence and it's good to see the boys get some rewards," Maguire said.

"Every game in the NRL you need to prepare well and be ready to go,

"For us, it's really growing on what we've done over this last month and the boys want to better where they've been. They've been saying that themselves. It's great when they're talking about their performance."

With two games left in our 2016 NRL Season Maguire is still looking for his squad to aim up and improve as a unit.

"You're always trying to chase that perfection about what you're doing on the field and obviously we want to make another step up there with our defence," said Maguire. 

"That'll be a big goal."