George Burgess set for Souths' NRL final
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson says Russell Crowe's Book of Feuds and the hatred it stirs up will only get South Sydney so far in the NRL finals.
The two oldest foes in the NRL will renew their age-old rivalry on Friday night when they meet in a qualifying final blockbuster at the SCG.
A week off and a spot in a grand final qualifier are on the line, as is 112 years of hostility.
Rabbitohs co-owner Crowe made a surprise appearance at Rabbitohs training on Tuesday to address the playing group and read from the Book of Feuds.
The book chronicles the Rabbitohs' rivalry with the other 15 clubs in the league and says of the Roosters: "Although they are indeed a foundation club, somewhere along the way the Roosters lost their soul."
Robinson took a subtle jab at the book, saying while motivation is important, it can fizzle out quickly.
"No, I don't think I get a copy," Robinson said.
"In any team, you try to get motivation from an area.
"Motivation is a really important part but that lasts for a short period of time and character lasts for a long period of time.
"What you really want is for your character to come out and that's what we've concentrated on this week."
Bennett said: There's plenty of (emotion) around, there's a lot of history between both clubs.
"You look at last week, there was a bit of emotion and passion out there last week, so I've got to assume tomorrow will be no different."
The Rabbitohs have an edge having beaten the Roosters 16-10 in their final regualr season clash but the return bout shapes as a markedly different contest.
For the Roosters, Luke Keary, Brett Morris, Mitchell Aubusson and Siosiua Taukeiaho are big ins.
While the Rabbitohs will be boosted by the inclusion of George Burgess and James Roberts from suspension, they will be missing forward leader Sam Burgess, after he was rubbed out for a hair pull, and Dane Gagai.
Bennett confirmed George Burgess would return, despite saying last week saying he was no certainty after sitting out the last nine weeks due to suspension.
Burgess trained strongly during Thursday's captain's run at Redfern Oval and will be used in short spurts.
When asked if he would have liked to have given the England prop more game time before running him out for a finals game, Bennett said: "In a perfect world that would be nice.
"But that's not going to happen."
STATS THAT MATTER
* Sydney Roosters finished the regular season with the second best attack scoring 26.1 points per game - only behind Melbourne (26.3).
* Since winning the premiership in 2014, South Sydney have won just one of four finals games.
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