Opposition Thoughts - Round 7
The Canterbury- Bankstown Bulldogs will host the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the traditional Good Friday blockbuster at ANZ Stadium at 4pm (AEST).
The Bulldogs will be looking to replicate last year’s Good Friday result after defeating the Rabbitohs 42-12.
Des Hasler has made a few changes to the starting line-up with Brett Morris shifting to fullback replacing Brad Abbey (concussion) and Adam Elliott named in the forward pack replacing David Klemmer (injury).
Maguire has named an unchanged side for Good Friday’s highly anticipated clash.
Rabbitohs’ coach Michael Maguire, fullback Alex Johnston, halfback Adam Reynolds, winger Bryson Goodwin and centre Robert Jennings all spoke in regards to the clash against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.
“The players are aware they need to be more clinical and more focused in areas throughout their game. The boys are pretty keen to make sure they get out and show a real 80-minute performance this week, it’s something they’ve been talking about and something every team goes out to do. We definitely need to do that against the Dogs this week.” – Coach Michael Maguire
"It's giving these boys an opportunity now to back that same performance up and improve on where we've been last week. There are areas in our game like our forward pack that are starting to come together in a strong way and our edges are starting to get those combinations so if we build on that the obviously, what we are about is an 80-minute performance and that's something that we are setting out to do this week” - Coach Michael Maguire
“They’re playing good footy, they’re always a good club and every year that we verse them in the Good Friday clash it has always been a tight contested game, can’t wait to get out there and hopefully get some fans out there.” - Fullback Alex Johnston
“It’s always definitely a good clash to be a part of. There are always big crowds out there and it’s a great time of the year Easter. Both teams look forward to this clash and it’ll be the same this year.” – Halfback Adam Reynolds.
“It’s always a tough battle. They turn up to play so we are really looking forward to it. It usually gets a really big crowd out there so hopefully we will get one again. Our forward pack will do their best to contain theirs and our backs will try to do our job and hopefully we will get the result.” - Winger Bryson Goodwin
“It will be good to get out there against a good team." - Centre Robert Jennings
A crowd of nearly 40,000 fans turned out to see the clash between the two clubs in 2016 and there's sure to be fireworks for the monster game in 2017.