Souths still a work in progress: halves
Cohesive Souths halves John Sutton and Adam Reynolds have hosed down claims that the Rabbitohs are back to their flying best following the 29-10 win over the Dragons on Monday night.
With four wins from their past five games, Souths captain Sutton especially isn't getting too ahead of himself despite his team sitting pretty in fourth place.
"I think our attack still isn't quite there. I think our defence is going pretty well but we're not completing enough sets. I think we're the worst in the competition," Sutton said.
"We have the Warriors next week, one of the best teams at completing with the ball, we're going to have to work hard to complete our sets at training and hopefully transfer it onto the field."
Reynolds, who solidly produced a try, 23 tackles and a touch under 300 kicking metres against the Dragons, agreed with his captain, noting that while Souths are winning there is still a long way to go before they start resting on their laurels.
"The focus was on us this week. We came into this game wanting to complete our sets and work on our defence. I thought both of them areas were a bit down tonight so it's something that we'll go back to training to work on but in saying that it's always good to get a win," Reynolds told NRL.com.
"It gives us a bit of confidence and all the boys enjoy it. It is something that has been coming for a while, mate. We have been trying really hard and all the hard work is paying off.
"We made it hard for ourselves though, dropping the ball and giving away cheap possession. I thought the Dragons were good and credit to them they hung in there and gave it their best."
With coach Michael Maguire pointing out over the last couple of weeks that his team's attack needed work, Reynolds believes that the Rabbitohs are still looking to capitalise on their opportunities more often before they start believing that they are genuine premiership contenders.
"It was good to get a few more tries tonight but there are still a few areas there that we need to get better at. We had a few attack sets there down at our line that didn't turn into points or repeat sets. It's those little things that we need to work on and I'm sure it is something Madge will touch on during the week."
With the inevitable short turnaround that comes after a Monday night fixture, the difficulty of the situation becomes greater for the Rabbitohs as they make the trip to Perth's nib Stadium on Saturday night.
Going up against a Warriors team in relatively good form, the Rabbitohs will no doubt be looking to solidify their place in the top eight and take a few extra steps towards September football in the process.