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'No hype next week': Bennett questions Rabbitohs' attitude

Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett knows his team can play much better than what they showed against the Storm on Thursday night.

The premiership fancies gave up four first-half tries to trail 22-0, before eventually falling to a 26-18 loss to the Storm in the season opener in Melbourne.

It comes a fortnight after the Rabbitohs blitzed the Dragons in the annual Charity Shield clash and Bennett said it seemed many of his players expected that strong pre-season form would continue against last year's premiers.

"It comes back to attitude and it just wasn't there," Bennett said after the loss.

"Melbourne were good, they always are, it's a credit to how they play and they wanted it more than we did.

"It might be a bit of hype, but there will be no hype around them today or for the next week or so."

Two players to impress against the Storm were off-season recruits Benji Marshall and Jai Arrow and Bennett would have liked to see a few of their teammates follow their lead.

Match Highlights: Storm v Rabbitohs

Marshall looked composed with ball in hand during 50 minutes of playing time, while Arrow ran for 176 metres in an eye-catching performance off the bench.

"Benji didn't let us down... he made a difference when he came on," Bennett said.

"Benji and Jai Arrow were playing their first games for South Sydney and they wanted to impress everyone, and a whole lot of other guys that have played a lot for South Sydney were hoping they would get an easy night."

The Rabbitohs believe Tom Burgess has escaped serious injury after the giant prop left the clash on a stretcher late in proceedings with a neck issue.

Burgess was sent to hospital for precautionary scans, but Bennett said he was confident the injury is a minor one.

Bennett provides an update on Burgess