Young Rabbitoh has a point to prove against Warriors

Zane Musgrove of the Rabbitohs is tackled by Joe Ofahengaue of the Broncos.
Zane Musgrove of the Rabbitohs is tackled by Joe Ofahengaue of the Broncos. DAN PELED

FOR South Sydney prop Zane Musgrove, Friday's clash against the New Zealand Warriors is more than a football game.

The match will give Musgrove an invaluable opportunity to prove the Warriors wrong for failing to give him a trial as a junior in Auckland.

"The Warriors were the first team I looked to having grown up in New Zealand, but they didn't give me a chance," Musgrove said.

"I didn't even get looked at.

"The Rabbitohs were the first ones to give me a chance, so that's why I took it.

"I tried to make (the Warriors), but I probably wasn't good enough coming through.

"It was pretty hard to get into the Warriors back then because they only picked a few players in each age group.

"There were just better players than me coming through at the time."

Musgrove could have got bitter when the Warriors brushed him.

Instead he used his snubbing as motivation to work harder, before South Sydney came knocking with an SG Ball trial in 2013.

After three seasons with the Rabbitohs, including time in the NYC and NSW Cup ranks, Musgrove has arrived as a consistent NRL player.


Zane Musgrove of the Rabbitohs is tackled by Peter Wallace of the Panthers.
Zane Musgrove of the Rabbitohs is tackled by Peter Wallace of the Panthers. DAN HIMBRECHTS

The 21-year-old prop has been a shining light in an otherwise disappointing season for Souths, impressing in 19 matches this year.

Now Musgrove is ready to show the Warriors what they missed out on.

"It just made me more determined," he said.

"I knew I would get my opportunity somewhere. I was just wondering when it would come.

"I had to wait a few years before Souths called, but I was still at school at the time.

"I just played club football and then I went to Mangere East Hawks. When I finished there my coach hooked me up with Souths and I got a trial with the SG Ball."

Musgrove's resilience and determination has paid off.

He is a regular starter at prop for Souths, averaging 105.4 running metres a game.

On Friday, he'll get a chance to showcase his skills against some of his childhood idols at the Warriors.

"I'm going to be freaking out playing against Ben Matulino and guys I used to look up to," he said.

"It will be good and I can't wait.

"I only know one person in the current team, Bunty Afoa. I played against him when he was younger.

"I'm excited and I'm looking forward to the challenge, it will be good."

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