We'll Be More Clinical: Maguire
Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire has been impressed with the effort of his team over the previous two fixtures but wants to see a more clinical performance this Friday against the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium.
Despite leaving Perth without two points, 'Madge' saw positives in the Rabbitohs' performance against the Storm. After showing solid displays in defence, the Head Coach is now focusing his efforts in getting a more clinical performance in attack.
"Our boys had a lot of energy about their defence, when we attacked we probably just needed to be a little bit more clinical," said Maguire.
"I think the belief in our team is very strong and we've got to use that now to take a step above those sort of teams.
"This Friday we're playing against another clinical team that puts on a lot of plays and we need to make sure we look at ourselves and defend in the fashion we did on Sunday."
Both Souths and the Eels are unaffected by the Origin period and will be able to boast the majority of their talent. Maguire also welcomes back George Burgess after his suspension and will be looking for big impact from the English forward.
The Rabbitohs face a short turnaround from Sunday's gruelling encounter with the Storm in Perth but Maguire is confident his men will hit the field with intensity on Friday.
"We've got a game on Friday - that's all that matters really," said Maguire.
"The boys look really good at the moment. They know how to handle these sorts of things and they're used to whatever turnaround that you face. It's about what we want to do and it's about the energy we take into Friday so I'm looking forward to it."
The Rabbitohs will be celebrating Junior Appreciation Day at Friday’s game. The Grand Final of the South Sydney district’s Bob McCarthy Cup seven-a-side primary schools competition will be played as the curtain-raiser to the NRL fixture, and a march past of more than 20 clubs from the South Sydney and North Sydney Junior Leagues will take place at ANZ Stadium.