South Sydney are using their preliminary final struggles as motivation as prop Mark Nicholls prepares to play his part in shutting down Manly talisman Tom Trbojevic. The Rabbitohs' preliminary final against the Sea Eagles at Lang Park on Friday will be the fourth time in a row they've reached the preliminary final stage as they look to break through for their first NRL grand final since 2014. They've stumbled at the penultimate hurdle three years in a row, but are looking to turn that around in coach Wayne Bennett and captain Adam Reynolds' final season at the club. Nicholls said they were a different group to the past three seasons. "We haven't really spoken about it too much internally - I guess everyone's aware of it so there's no need to address it," he said.