The Rabbitohs are desperate to regroup against the Raiders on Sunday.

The Rabbitohs are desperate to regroup against the Raiders on Sunday. Photo: Anthony Johnson

Facing the worst losing streak of his South Sydney tenure, coach Michael Maguire admits the Rabbitohs must get their whole shop in order to return to the NRL winners’ list.

Pulling no punches after his much-fancied team’s scratchy start to the season, Maguire says Souths’ defence, discipline and ball control were all substandard in last weekend’s 25-16 loss to Wests Tigers.

He said anything less than a vastly improved performance would result in another defeat against Canberra at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

Such a result would mean three consecutive losses for Maguire for the first time since replacing John Lang as coach in 2012.

‘‘We haven’t had the two results we would have liked the last two weeks and we’re working hard and doing all the preparation to get the result we’re after,’’ Maguire said.

‘‘We’ve put our heads down and we’re looking at the things we judge as our standards and we want to make sure we’re hitting those this week.

‘‘There were a lot of areas of our game that we went away from, but I thought the defence was the biggest thing that we lacked.

‘‘As much as we had the ball at times, we kept dropping it. So we had to do a lot of defence and unfortunately that fatigue hurt us, but that’s no excuse.’’

Canberra have also opened 2014 with just one win from three starts, but Maguire knows the Raiders have the ability to carve up any opposition if fleet-footed fullback Anthony Milford and classy centre Jarrod Croker are allowed to run free.

‘‘Milford’s a quality player, very quick, so we’re going to be very aware of where he is on the field,’’ he said.‘‘But they’ve got a lot of quality across the park.

‘‘They’ve obviously got a fair forward pack – large in size – so it’s going to be a good battle there, and young Croker, he’s playing some good footy as well.

‘‘They’re feeding early ball to him so I’d imagine they’re going to give him some opportunity when they have the ball.’’

The Rabbitohs lost all attacking structure after Greg Inglis was knocked out in the opening minutes against the Tigers, but the star fullback will be back on deck on Sunday.

‘‘He’s trained the back end of the week and trained really well, so we’re looking forward to having him out there,’’ Maguire said. AAP