Our defence didn't show up: Maguire
Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire has refused to blame last week's heartbreaking loss to the Broncos for his side's embarrassing 46-8 defeat at the hands of Manly on Friday night.
Souths started the game brightly but were blown off the park after that as the Sea Eagles opened up a commanding 30-2 lead at half-time before adding three more tries after the break to rack up their highest score against the Bunnies in more than a decade.
Manly exposed South Sydney's edge defence with a plethora of offloads that allowed the likes of Akuila Uate and Dylan Walker to run riot, with the Rabbitohs unable to show the same heart that typified last week's one-point loss to Brisbane.
"It was our defence that didn't show up tonight, unfortunately," a despondent Maguire said after the game.
"We managed to get some attack on and went down there, but as it showed, the offloads started to come all of a sudden and we were aware that those offloads were going to come – they've been doing them for the last couple of weeks – and we just didn't get our bodies in front and squeeze the ball and do the things that we spoke about.
"(The players) are well aware what this club's about and we've got to make sure that we work extremely hard to do the things that we know that we should be doing out there because it didn't happen out there tonight."
Rabbitohs skipper Sam Burgess conceded his side stopped competing after Sea Eagles halfback Daly Cherry-Evans nailed a 40/20 in the 10th minute that kicked his side into gear.
"We probably didn't do our job after that," Burgess said.
"We didn't buy into what this club is about and we didn't live up to our standards.
"We've got to be able to deal with those things a bit better as a team, so that's disappointing. We'll have to have a look at ourselves and start over again with our defence because it just wasn't good enough tonight.
"I think we let six tries in [the first half] and there's not much you can say after the second or third one because you've said everything.
"Each person has got to do their job – myself included – we've all got to do our roles within the team, and tonight we didn't do that."