Rabbitohs Hooker Damien Cook, fresh from his Country Origin debut, is expecting both his team and the Wests Tigers to bring a fired-up performance to ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
With both the Tigers and Rabbitohs coming off losses in Round 10, Cook believes the rep round has offered both teams a good opportunity to freshen up before our second encounter of the season.
“It was good getting away from Club-land for a bit, it does freshen you up. (It’s) just like having the bye,” said Cook.
“We weren’t happy with any parts from the game against Manly. The biggest thing we could learn out of that game was our energy and that’s what we’ve got to bring on Friday.”
With the halfway mark of the season approaching, the pacey hooker thinks it’s crucial for the Rabbitohs to play to their potential in the next three games before our first bye.
Matches against the Tigers, Storm and Eels will provide a stern test for the men in Red & Green and a chance to showcase their desire to compete.
“We’ve got a big period coming up before our next bye, we’ve got about three games,” said Cook.
“We need to at least win two of them to be back on track going into the bye.”
Getting back from what could possibly be the last City Country game, Cook is using the representative experience to improve his own game ahead of the Origin period.
With a potential State of Origin call up there isn’t a better time to do so.
“It’s good to play a rep game, I was really honoured to play in my first real rep game and I do want to play more representative football in the future,” said Cook.
“Hopefully I performed well enough to show that I can do it in that environment as well. Time will tell with those other rep games.”