Titans v Rabbitohs: The final word

Where the coaches think the game will be won, the late mail on injury concerns and which team has the overwhelming support of the punters.

 

 

Titans coach Neil Henry

On expectation of facing Greg Inglis: "Greg's certainly a key for them and we expect him to turn up and play. He looked like he was a bit underdone in that game and had been sick throughout the week so he's certainly a danger for them. We knew that he'd been ill throughout the week and was probably a bit underdone energy-wise in the game but the team was good enough to get the job done. We expect him to be here and he's a real key and a real danger."

On winning the battle in the middle: "They blew us off the park here last year. They've got a big pack with the Burgess boys so it's a big challenge for us. Their form has been a little bit up and down as well and we've had a couple of losses; we need to get another win. We've conceded some momentum through the middle. We've talked about it, we've worked on it and it will be up to the boys in there to get the job done. Our outside players, our edges, need to probably tighten up a bit and help out so hopefully we can do that. If we don't do that we'll be in trouble. There's no secret there, we need to get in front of them and be strong defensively."

On George Burgess coming off the bench: "We've just got to make sure that we try to match the intensity when he comes on. He's very powerful, pretty mobile for a big man and they're very much a threat when they get close to your try-line. We've conceded a lot of tries inside 10 metres and we looked at that in our review for the first 10 weeks and it's an area we need to tighten up around the ruck."

 

 

Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire

On criticism of Greg Inglis's Origin performance: "I thought he did quite well on Wednesday night considering [his illness] and we're pretty excited about having him back in our team as we always are. His illness last week was the only issue he went into that game with and everyone has such high expectations when he walks out onto the field, and he normally delivers that. You're hard markers, everyone expects him to run 100 metres and score a try."

On how the team is travelling through 11 rounds: "We're growing as a group. Obviously we went through a period there where we weren't probably hitting the things we've been practising but the way we're going about our training and in games we need to make sure we're improving all the time. Everyone in the competition is getting better and we need to do the same."

On the threat posed by the Titans: "They're a really quick team, willing to throw the ball around so defensively you've got to be right on song. They play a lot of inside play so they'll test your forwards so again through the middle we have to make sure we're alive and ready when they're coming through. They've got a lot of speed out on the edges so we're well aware of what's coming." 

 

 

Injury update: Maroons Nate Myles and Greg Inglis have both been declared certain starters for their respective teams having come through Game One on Wednesday night bruised but otherwise fine. Aidan Sezer has overcome a hamstring strain to take his place at five-eighth for the Titans while for the Rabbitohs Chris Grevsmuhl remains on standby for Ben Lowe who suffered strained ligaments in his knee last week against the Eels.

Betting: There's almost three times the money on the Rabbitohs in head-to-head betting. Sportsbet punters have singled this game as the most clear-cut of the weekend. They have wagered more money on Souths to win 13+ than all of the other margin options put together. Sportsbet are not even seeing any interest in the Titans at the line. Alex Johnston is a try-scoring machine and the $8 favourite for first try-scorer, but his teammate on the opposite wing, Aaron Gray, has easily been the best backed player to cross first at $9.50.