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Raiders adopting Wayne's world in Canberra

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Raiders co-captain Josh Hodgson has played under super coach Wayne Bennett and believes his methods have been adopted in Canberra this year.

England hooker Hodgson comes up against his national team coach when the Raiders host South Sydney in a NRL top-four blockbuster on Saturday.

Canberra (6-3) have been the competition's surprise packet this season on the back of a much-improved defence, while the Rabbitohs (8-1) picked up where they left off last year.

Hodgson said he's not surprised Bennett has seen success in his first season at Souths, given the quality of the coach and his squad.

"You know what Wayne brings, he keeps you honest and keeps the game simple and it's all about turning up for your mates and that's how they are playing at the moment," Hodgson said.

"They've got all the signs of a Wayne Bennett team, they're playing good, confident footy. He was obviously going to do a good job Wayne, especially with a team like that, he's a fantastic coach."

Hodgson emphasised Bennett is one of the best in the business at motivating players and drew comparisons with his club coach Ricky Stuart.

"He (Bennett) knows how to get teams going and how to get you up for games," Hodgson said.

"His man management skills was the biggest thing I took out, just how on a personal level he can read you to a tee and really get you motivated to want to play for him.

"When you've got somebody like that it has a massive influence on you as a player and the team.

"It certainly looks like that's how (Souths) are playing because they're turning up for each other all the time and it's kind of a similar story of what we've been working on this year.

"We've worked really hard on focusing on us this year ... the main thing for a coach is getting your players wanting to play for you, just like we do here for Stick."

"If you don't get your players up and wanting to play for you and wanting to win for you and not let you down, it can be a tough gig, but (Stuart) is really good at that."

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