Rabbitohs Captain Sam Burgess is proud of his team’s valiant effort in their past clash with the Broncos and believes the close loss will only serve to motivate his side going into our Round nine clash with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

Burgess declares his team is not struggling mentally after recent results and believes his side are confident they’re moving in the right direction ahead of our Allianz fixture.

“It’s quite easy to not be deflated, we do what we love every day and we have a good set of fellas here who love coming in for training together,” said Burgess.

“Obviously that result (against the Broncos) is tough to take but there was plenty of positives to take out of that game,

“We had young Cameron Murray on debut - it’s a positive thought for the club – There is plenty to keep spirits high. We’re playing good football, we’ve just got to keep tidying up a few areas.

Although Maguire’s men are producing strong performances against top teams in the NRL, they’re not sitting where they’d like to be after eight rounds of the NRL competition.

Captain Burgess believes his squad are putting in the effort in training to be able to capitalise on the hard work they’re putting in to find themselves in attacking positions.

“We’ve been improving as a team. We have faced adversity, but we are definitely improving,” said Burgess.

“We have not hit our straps just yet. We have not been clinical for eighty minutes as a team but we are chasing that and the mindset is very positive at the Club and everyone is driven to get to where we want.

“I’d say we are in a fair spot (on the ladder), we don’t want to be there so we are all working hard to get where we want to be.”

Speaking about this week’s clash with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Sam says that the changes required are minimal and disciplinary based. The effort required will still need to be at its best coming against an in form Manly side.

“There isn’t a whole lot we need to change from our performance as I said we did some great things as a team against Brisbane, we need to tidy up a few disciplinary areas,” said Burgess.

“I thought the penalty count was not in our favour on the weekend and just a few minor areas. A few offsides hurt us a bit but if we tidy up in the defensive areas and complete with the ball we will be ok,

“Manly have been in some good form and with everyone leading into the bye every team will be putting their front foot forward and front loading their energy,

“It will be a big game on Friday.”