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Back-rower Josh Jackson says motivation won't be lacking ahead of the Good Friday clash with the Rabbitohs.

This Friday will see the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs continue their rivalry in the annual Good Friday blockbuster.

The clash in recent times has drawn crowds in excess of 40,000 and the margin from the last two games has been a point on each occasion.

It's one of the NRL's fiercest rivalries and has been built on the back of two top forward packs.

“I guess it starts with the packs,” said Jackson. “We are two physical teams who start pretty fast.

“We always get a good crowd out to ANZ Stadium and the Easter holiday helps.”

Both sides will come into the round four fixture off the back of a loss and for the Bulldogs who started the season so well, defensively they let their guard down against the Eels and it’s an area that has been addressed ahead of the Rabbitohs clash.

“We were really poor against Parramatta. We have to cut the missed tackles out.

“If you miss too many tackles against the Rabbitohs through the middle of the field, they can hurt you. They’ve got quality outside backs that can finish off the play.”

The Bulldogs failed to fire against an impressive Eels outfit after early season wins against the Sea-Eagles and Panthers. While the Rabbitohs failed to cope with the wet and soggy conditions in round three to be defeated by the Dragons.  

“They’re similar to us. They won their first two starts and lost last week so I don’t think the motivation will be lacking for either team on the weekend.”


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