George Burgess

In what was a closer game than a lot may have anticipated, South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire admits that he was biting his fingernails during the contest, in a topsy-turvy game at Mt Smart Stadium – a game won 24-22 by the Bunnies over the New Zealand Warriors.

The win at Mt Smart was Souths first win at the venue since 2009 but they had to do it the hard way, coming from behind twice, with the task not about to get any easier as they face the Melbourne Storm next week.

With the Warriors scoring three successive tries in the first half at one stage, Maguire says that there were definitely nervous moments for his side during the game.

“They frustrated us and managed to hang on to the ball for a fair period of that second half,” he said.

“I was very pleased with how our boys continually kept working hard in defence. They stuck to it and found a way to win.”

Despite that, however, the win was an important step for the Bunnies, as they look to continue their winning run.

“We came through a lot last year together and we’re going through the same this year,” Maguire said.

“You just have to take each week. I know it’s the old saying, but there’s a long, long way to go in this competition.”

The Warriors resolve showed through the entire game and quite surprisingly, coach Matthew Elliott thought that his side played better this afternoon in the narrow loss, than they did in last week’s win over the Cowboys.

“Our challenge going forward is making sure we execute a bit better, and perhaps with a little bit more variety in there as well,” said Elliott.

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