Burgess upholds English dream

Sportal September 5, 2012, 6:12 pm

South Sydney enforcer Sam Burgess will look to hijack the dream that has been denied his good friend and fellow England international Gareth Ellis, as the Rabbitohs prepare to enter their first finals series in five years.

Ellis' stint with Wests Tigers came to an end last weekend with no grand final appearance to show for four years of toil.

It cut the big Englishman deeply, despite his time at Tigers being rated an outstanding success.

Burgess has the chance to achieve the goal Ellis coveted and join the select band of English players to have won premierships in Australia.

Asked about Ellis' failure to play in a decider, Burgess told ''Sportal'': "It's a bit of a sore point.

"Gareth achieved a lot in the game in his four years. He's has a great career but unfortunately never got the chance to get to that grand final here.

"You don't get too many opportunities so you've got to give it your best shot while you can."

The first step for the Rabbitohs is a daunting one: Melbourne at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

The Storm have competed in every finals series since 2003 - apart from 2010 when they were docked all competition points for salary cap rorting - while the Bunnies are in the play-offs for just the second time in 23 years.

"It's going to be great challenge for us. They've got a lot of players with finals football experience so we know we're in for a tough game," Burgess said.

"They are a very clinical team and you have to be on your game to beat them.

"But we're going to go down there excited after preparing well.

"We've got a group of players who have played a lot of NRL football and they have been preparing all year for this sort of stage.

"I don't think it's a worry (lack of finals experience). The main thing is to go out there and do your job.

"You don't have to do anything different. Just enjoy this experience and challenge and don't get carried away with it."

Five-eighth John Sutton said the information coach Michael Maguire gleaned from his time at Melbourne will prove invaluable.

Maguire spent six years under Craig Bellamy and knows what makes the Storm tick better than most.

"He knows them pretty well and all their structures defensively and in attack," Sutton said of his coach's knowledge of the Storm.

"Hopefully he can teach us some stuff to exploit them.

"He will tell us where to attack and where their strong points are."

Souths will have to overcome a horrendous record in Melbourne, with nine visits yet to yield a win.

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