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Maguire adamant Souths aren't too big

By Adrian Warren

SYDNEY, Aug 28 - South Sydney coach Michael Maguire is adamant his monster-sized NRL side isn't becoming too big, after confirming all four Burgess brothers will play against Wests Tigers
Maguire adamant Souths aren't too big
by AAP

By Adrian Warren

SYDNEY, Aug 28 - South Sydney coach Michael Maguire is adamant his monster-sized NRL side isn't becoming too big, after confirming all four Burgess brothers will play against Wests Tigers.

With Sam, 24, returning from suspension, it will be the first opportunity the English-born quartet of siblings have had to play in the same side.

Sam and Luke, 26, will both start at Allianz Stadium on Friday, with twins, Tom and George both 21, coming off the bench.

"It (playing together) is obviously something as a group they've been really keen to achieve," Maguire said on Wednesday.

"And it's through merit, they thoroughly deserve their positions.'

All four brothers weigh over 110 kilos and Maguire could not remember fielding such a large collection of forwards.

The Rabbitohs also have considerable bulk in the backs, with fullback Greg Inglis and five-eighth John Sutton both listed at 105kg.

"I'm very lucky as a coach to have the size we've got, but they are also very mobile and very skillful too," Maguire said.

Asked if his a side could ever get too big, Maguire said: "It's dependent on the player.

"You look at size and the way you play and we adapt our game around the people we have in our team.

"We are just utilising our big men."

All the Burgess brothers are signed to Souths until at least the end of 2015, but salary cap pressures are already starting to bite the Rabbitohs.

"That's part of the challenge as a coach when you are going through the ride we're going through," Maguire said.

"We're continually looking at how we're hanging onto our players and unfortunately Nathan Peats and Justin Hunt and a few other boys are moving on, but we're really focused about what we are doing right now."

Boom halfback Adam Reynolds will notch his 50th senior appearance this week.

"I see that Adam has got a lot in front of him, his game is going to improve as we keep moving through the years," Maguire said.

While wins in their last two games will secure Souths the minor premiership, Maguire said he was only thinking about the Tigers' fixture.

However, he didn't deny winning the competition was the club's main objective.

"Our goal is the big one, I won't lie, that's why we do it," Maguire said.


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