South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire is pleased with his side’s preparation heading into the end of the season.
The Rabbitohs have not been able to string together back-to-back wins since Round 13, but Maguire is confident that will all change this weekend against the rejuvenated Newcastle Knights. The Knights had an impressive win last week against the Titans, but Maguire’s side is up for the challenge.
“They (Newcastle) were very good,” Maguire said. “They hung onto the ball and completed high and they played a very expansive game of rugby league. We’re aware that they can shift the ball around and we’ve got to be spot on.”
The Rabbitohs will be boosted by the return of New Zealand international Issac Luke after a week’s suspension for a dangerous throw. “He’s looking forward to getting back in and playing,” Maguire said.
He will join South’s other key players Greg Inglis, John Sutton and Adam Reynolds in a full strength squad. “To have another senior player like that along with all those that we mentioned, it’s good to have them coming back,” Maguire added.
The Knights are looking to in-form trio Korbin Sims, Kade Snowden and David Fa’alogo to lift the team in the final rounds and send retiring captain Kurt Gidley off on a high note.
The two teams will play at ANZ Stadium on Saturday. – Ellen Conroy and Jackson Barron
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