South Sydney power past Manly
The Rabbitohs left the Sea Eagles licking their wounds on Friday night as they steamrolled their table-topping rivals at the SCG.PT1M29S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3deo6 620 349 August 8, 2014
Having declared John Sutton as his long term five-eighth a few weeks ago, Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire insists he's open to retaining the Adam Reynolds-Luke Keary combination when his skipper returns.
Keary and Reynolds took a giant step towards playing alongside each other in the finals, getting the better of Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran on Friday night.
While Maguire wouldn't confirm that Keary would remain at five-eighth when Sutton returns from injury, he insists he's keeping his options open.
Good times: the Rabbitohs celebrate a Sam Burgess try. Photo: Getty Images
"I did have an open mind then. At the time when we played the Titans, we weren't executing like we are now, so it didn't fall into place," Maguire said.
"The talk who was in and out of the halves was always a question but internally we're working away at different things we want to work at so I'm really pleased with how the halves are getting together and working ... It gives us a lot of opportunity to look at our game going forward. We started the year with John in the middle and an opportunity to play there, but unfortunately we didn't execute like we are now at the start of the year.
"When John comes back it gives us a great opportunity to have a look at a few different ways we can play but I've also got the ability to put him back in the halves. We'll just see where it goes. I thought the halves were great. I thought the nine, six, seven and one worked well on the back of a forward pack who were really hungry together."
While the 23-4 win over Manly was arguably South Sydney's best of the season, Maguire wouldn't be drawn into the hype.
"I'm not sure if you would say it was the best, but it was definitely up there with a great performance with what we're trying to do," he said.
"The last three weeks we've found what really works for us and the boys are really sticking at it and it showed there tonight."
Stand-in skipper Greg Inglis said the belief at the club was as strong as it has been in recent years.
"It's been spoken about each year that I've been here that it's going to be our year," Inglis said.
"But the belief that I have with these guys is pretty much what it has been in the past. We're working well together but we just have to knuckle down and really focus on the job at hand with the Broncos next week."