Canterbury prop Aiden Tolman says Canterbury remain as wary as ever of South Sydney’s fearsome forward pack despite the loss of suspended stars George Burgess and Ben Te’o.
Burgess and Te’o will sit out the Good Friday clash between the two sides at ANZ Stadium after they both accepted early guilty pleas for separate tripping incidents involving Penrith fullback Matt Moylan last week.
But Tolman said the Rabbitohs’ forward pack would still be strong.
“It is going to be a great challenge for us and everyone is up for it,” Tolman said.
“South Sydney are a great forward pack. They have got good go forward mixed in with a lot of skill as well, so we are going to need to turn up and be ready to play Friday afternoon to get the job done.
“They play through the middle. We need to make sure we try and win the ruck and stay really tight around there because if we do that, it stops (Greg) Inglis and (Nathan) Merritt coming into the game.”
Tolman and teammate Josh Morris said they believe the traditional Good Friday match could one day be one of the marquee events on the NRL calendar.
With the Easter Show in full swing next door and being a public holiday, NRL officials are hoping for a repeat of last year when 51,686 fans saw Souths get over the Bulldogs to set a new regular NRL season attendance record.
Morris believes the Good Friday clash is on par with the annual Sydney Roosters versus St George-Illawarra clash on ANZAC Day.
“I think over the last three or four years it has gotten bigger,” Morris said.
“Hopefully the weather stays good and we get a big crowd. The atmosphere (last year) was really electric.
“It is one of those (games) on the calender you look forward to and want to win.”
Tolman could see no reason why the match couldn’t attract another bumper crowd.
“It is not our home game but our supporters always turn up and cheer us on. When you get a big crowd there (at ANZ), they are the games you remember.”