Souths in smarter, not harder NRL training

Scott Bailey
South Sydney NRL coach Anthony Seibold (C) says a new training regime is behind their 2018 form

Shorter, sharper training sessions are behind South Sydney's re-energised bunnies in 2018, according to coach Anthony Seibold.

The Rabbitohs look a different team in 2018, having moved into the NRL's top eight after spending two seasons in the finals wilderness.

Prop George Burgess revealed this week he had been better managed through the pre-season and opening two months, including having his workload tapered under Seibold.

It comes after constant suggestions that the Rabbitohs were pushed too hard at training in the final years of premiership-winning coach Michael Maguire's stay, before he was sacked at the end of 2017.

But Seibold insists his Rabbitohs are getting through just as much work in 2018, but just in a far-more condensed time frame.

"We train very different," Seibold said.

"We train a lot faster. We're probably not out there as long but we train with greater intensity this season.

"All the GPS data shows that as well."

Few players have gained from that more than Burgess twins George and Tom.

The pair have returned to dominant starting front-rowers, leading the Rabbitohs' charge in winning four of six matches heading into Friday night's clash with Newcastle.

Burgess had the added motivation of missing last year's England World Cup squad, and came through his first pre-season in some time, injury free, after struggling with hip and groin issues in recent years.

"It wasn't so much about reducing George's training load. It was just more about doing it a little bit smarter," Seibold said.

"One thing for George is he came back early. I think it was November 1 when he came back in and started a little earlier than was expected.

"He's had a positive start to the season. The challenge for George is to continue to be consistent."