Despite being one of the inform teams of the competition the South Sydney Rabbitohs remain coy about their form heading into the finals.
The team have now won nine in a row, scoring an average of 41.5 points a game and winning by an average margin of 25.7.
Star halfback Adam Reynolds believes despite their run of form they must continue to improve, especially in defence, if they want to compete with league leaders Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers.
“We know what our principles and our structures are and when we get them right, we are pretty hard to get broken down,” he said at a press conference on Monday.
“It’s just those lapses when we switch off for a split second there and we need to make sure we are cutting that out of our game because we can’t afford to give teams a chance or a leg up.”
The Rabbitohs have a tough run home facing premiership rivals the Panthers and Sydney Roosters as well as top eight hopefuls Gold Coast Titans and St George Illawarra Dragons.
Despite the enticing match ups against the Panthers and Roosters Reynolds is focused on Titans match up this week.
“When it comes around yes, I’ll get excited, but we can’t look past the Titans, they are a quality side and they’re pretty desperate to keep their season alive,” he said.
“Last time we played them we were a bit disappointing defensively, obviously we have cleaned up our act in that area.”
“They like to throw the ball around and challenge a side all over the field, no doubt we need to switched on from the start.”
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This week will be a true test of how far the Rabbitohs defence has come in recent weeks as they try and contain the likes of David Fifita and AJ Brimson.
Reynolds is wary of Fifita in particular, who tore them apart in their previous encounter.
“He was pretty damaging last time we played them, and we didn’t handle him the way we would like to, but I think we are a lot better team defensively then we were back then,” he said.
“He’s a handy player for them, a damaging ball runner so we will need to do it together.
“He isn’t the only target that we have to look out for, they have handy players all over the field.
“It’s a good match up and a good test for us and one we are looking forward too.”
Even with his career at the Rabbitohs coming to an end, Reynolds is determined to not get caught up in the emotion of winning a premiership in his last season.
“There’s a lot of hard work between now and then to achieve that goal,” he said.
“We’re just taking it one week at a time, rugby league is a funny sport, and anything can happen.”
“We can’t get ahead of ourselves; we have to keep turning up to training day in and day out and continue to look to get better.
“We know it’s not going to be easy, and we will have to be there for the fight but we’re confident we can give the competition a good shake up.”
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