By STEVE MASCORD
LOCK Ben Lowe says the best way for South Sydney to kill off the belief they are in a slump is to beat white-hot Melbourne at AAMI Park on Friday.
With Greg Inglis (knee) and John Sutton (ankle) sideline by injury, the Rabbitohs have lost two of their last three and tumbled from the top of the premiership latter with just over a month remaining to the finals.
“People are saying we’re in a slump … there’s no slump aside from attitude,” Lowe tells RLW in the wake of the 30-12 defeat to North Queensland at 1300smiles Stadium.
“It’s a long season and it probably does get hold of you from time to time.
“I probably couldn’t identify individual things from the Cowboys game or the Dragons game aside from attitude We gave St George a sniff and they took it and the Cowboys wanted it more than we did.
“We just have to get back to playing for the guy next to you. We got away from that, got away from our structures.
“It’s 100 per cent right to say that the Melbourne game is an opportunity. It would be a great way to bounce back because it’s a big test for us down there.”
Lowe says the bunnies have had a good run with injuries until now but have the sort of depth that should be able to cope with the absence of representative stars like Inglis and Sutton.
“It’s a credit to the medical and training staff that we have had a good run with injuries,” he says.
“But we’ve got lots of good players at Souths. It’s up to the 17 guys out there to get the job done. Sure, it’s great having Greggy bringing the ball back.
“But we can’t dwell on that.”
NB: Since this story appeared, Melbourne defeated South Sydney 26-8 at AAMI Park in NRL round 22.
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