George Burgess scored a second-half try but it wasn't enough to stop a rampant Raiders outfit. Copyright: Robb Co Credit: NRL Photos Copyright: NRL Photos
South Sydney coach Michael Maguire said an error-riddled performance in the side's 30-18 loss to Canberra is not the South Sydney way but insists the group's confidence can return overnight.
"Bits and pieces of both [last week and this week] is definitely not Souths' way and we need to find the Souths way again, because it's there and I've got the same group of people that understand that," Maguire said after the side had the equal or better of almost every statistical category against Canberra.
They were, however, crippled by a 15-5 error count.
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"When you play with confidence like we have in the past, things work. Things at the moment aren't gelling well for us. We'll find ways of getting better and hopefully it's this week."
He said he was "very disappointed" by the loss in which the side continued on its poor form from their 25-16 loss to Wests Tigers last week.
"As a group we just need to continue on towards making things work for us. They're training well but we have to transfer that out to the park and if you don't hang onto the ball it becomes a tough game," he said.
"We just gave Canberra too much, put too much pressure on ourselves and it becomes a tough game of footy and that's not our game.
"We have to stick at the things that we know work. They are doing that and it's going to swing, we just need to find how it does swing for us."
Rabbitohs captain John Sutton said the side had begun clawing back momentum early in the second half with two quick tries.
"We started completing a couple of sets and scored a couple of tries, it felt like we were getting back in the game. A bit like last week we started knocking on again, didn't complete our sets and that was it," he said.
"It's a little frustrating when you're not holding onto the ball and completing your sets but when you're not holding the ball you've got to defend it. We didn't do that today, we just have to keep training hard and hopefully turn it around next week."
Maguire did welcome the promising debut of young Fijian hooker Apisai Koroisau who came in for injured hooker Issac Luke.
"I thought he went well, for a young kid to come in for his first game, he tried really hard. Periods in that game I thought he was one of our better players which was good for him," Maguire said.
"I wouldn't say confidence [is a problem], we just have to look at the things that work for us and that confidence comes back overnight very quickly," he said.