Do Your Job: Burgess
Rabbitohs Captain Sam Burgess says he and his team didn't stick to the game plan and 'do our job' during last night's clash with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. Burgess and Head Coach Michael Maguire believe the squad will work hard to remedy this for our next match.
Souths started the game brightly but were blown off the park after that as the Sea Eagles opened up a commanding 30-2 lead at half-time before adding three more tries after the break.
Manly exposed South Sydney's edge defence with a plethora of offloads that allowed the likes of Akuila Uate and Dylan Walker to run riot, with the Rabbitohs unable to show the same heart that typified last week's one-point loss to Brisbane.
Rabbitohs skipper Sam Burgess underlined the momentum shift after Sea Eagles halfback Daly Cherry-Evans nailed a 40/20 in the 10th minute that kicked Manly into gear.
"We probably didn't do our job after that," Burgess said.
"We didn't buy into what this club is about and we didn't live up to our standards.
"We've got to be able to deal with those things a bit better as a team, so that's disappointing. We'll have to have a look at ourselves and start over again with our defence because it just wasn't good enough tonight.
"I think we let six tries in [the first half] and there's not much you can say after the second or third one because you've said everything.
"Each person has got to do their job – myself included – we've all got to do our roles within the team, and tonight we didn't do that."
Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire was unhappy his team didn't live up to the standards he believes the Club demands - especially in defence.
With the Rep Round offering an extended turn around to our Round ten clash against the Tigers on May 12, Maguire is confident we'll see a much improved Rabbitohs outfit in our next outing.
"It was our defence that didn't show up tonight, unfortunately," Maguire said after the game.
"We managed to get some attack on and went down there, but as it showed, the offloads started to come all of a sudden and we were aware that those offloads were going to come – they've been doing them for the last couple of weeks – and we just didn't get our bodies in front and squeeze the ball and do the things that we spoke about.
"(The players) are well aware what this club's about and we've got to make sure that we work extremely hard to do the things that we know that we should be doing out there because it didn't happen out there tonight."