Joke could be on Bulldogs in final replay
GREAT players all have one thing in common - they love the big occasion.
South Sydney fullback and captain Greg Inglis (pictured) is one player who more often than not rises to the challenge for club, state and country.
Tomorrow night's grand final re-match with the in-form Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium is such an occasion.
Souths' loss to Parramatta last weekend raised concerns their strike power is the not the same without grand final heroes Dylan Walker (broken hand) and de-registered centre partner Kirisome Auva'a, whose appeal against a nine-month suspension for domestic violence was rejected this week by the NRL.
Parramatta planted a seed of doubt, upsetting the Rabbitohs 29-16 last week, and the Bulldogs can water it with a win tomorrow night.
Souths coach Michael Maguire - on the receiving end of an April Fools Day prank when quizzed at training about media reports suggesting Inglis was set to follow former Parramatta star Jarryd Hayne to the NFL - said his star fullback was "very focused" on beating the Bulldogs.
"Geez, you (media) come up with some - I haven't heard that one," Maguire said with a laugh before realising the joke.
The Bulldogs snuck home on the boot of stand-in No.6 Moses Mbye last weekend, but his heroics didn't save him with Josh Reynolds making an earlier-than-expected return from a broken arm. Backs Brett Morris (calf) and Tim Lafai (quad) also return to the Dogs line-up.