The Comp is Very Close: Cook

Rabbitohs hooker Damien Cook says the competition is so close that virtually anyone can still make a run to the Finals, including his team.

Cook says the first half of the season has not gone to plan but his team mates are still focussed on appearing in the post-season Finals series.

“It’s been a full on start to the season and we’ve been training just as hard as any other team and we haven’t been getting the results we wanted so the freshen up was good,” Cook said about last week’s time off due to the team’s second bye for the season.

“We’re still very much focussed on playing Finals football and Grand Finals as well.

“The comp is very close so whoever keeps winning these last ten games is going to be in the Finals.”

Cook says the only way for the Rabbitohs to reach their goals is focus solely on their next opponents, the Penrith Panrthers who they will take on this Sunday afternoon at ANZ Stadium.

“We haven’t had the best start to the season but the lucky thing is the comp is nice and close,” Cook said.

“It’s clichéd but we have to keep going week-to-week with the position we are in.

“We’re outside of the eight at the moment so we have to keep ticking off those wins in those last ten games.”

Cook says the side has analysed the pros and cons of the first half of the season and are ready to take on these final ten regular season matches.

“We know what’s happened and we know how we’ve played in the first part of the year so we’ve got to come up against the Penrith Panthers this week, who are playing some good footy now as well so it’s going to be a tough game, so we’ve got to look forward to this week and get the two points this weekend,” Cook said.

View the full interview with Cook in the video player above.