Michael Maguire hails gutsy Rabbitohs

South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has praised the Rabbitohs in the wake of their 14-15 loss to Canterbury Bulldogs earlier today.

Injury struggles meant the Bunnies, at one point in the match, had only 13 fit players. Indeed, Kyle turner was concussed, Dave Tyrell had a head injury, Joe Picker had a rib problem and Apisai Koroisau hurt his shoulder. Tyrell, Turner and Picker returned to the field, but Greg Inglis and Sam Burgess also picked up niggles. Add into the equation the fact that George Burgess and Ben Te’o were suspended and Kiwi international Isaac Luke was out with a shoulder injury, and it was a great effort to take the Bulldogs so close.

“It’s obviously a pretty disappointed change room in there after the effort the boys put in,” said Maguire.

“But I said to them the effort was outstanding. Unfortunately we had a few out and a number of young kids came in and I thought they were outstanding in how they went about it.

“To get knocked off, it was disappointing but we learned plenty from that.”

Maguire wasn’t happy with two of the Bulldogs’ tries. He said: “I’m not quite sure how they’re interpreting the obstruction rule at the moment.”

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