South Sydney coach Michael Maguire reels off a list of positives to counter the knowledge that Friday's qualifying final opponents Melbourne remain the only NRL side he's never managed a win over.

His Rabbitohs are a team on the rise. Champion fullback Greg Inglis is closer to full fitness. South Sydney's vast and excited fan base will again lift his men.

Maguire is adamant never having orchestrated a win over Melbourne - and his former boss Craig Bellamy - in four meetings during his two years at the helm, does not eat away at him.

"Not at all," said Maguire on Wednesday.

The Storm, who beat Souths in a qualifying final last year, haven't lost to the Rabbitohs in Sydney for nine years, but Maguire didn't read anything into such statistics.

"As a group, they (Melbourne) have been together for a long, long time and, over this last two years, we're an improving team every single time we step out on the field," Maguire said.

Nor was he concerned by Souths' relative lack of finals experience compared to defending premiers Melbourne, instead relishing the chance to play a final before home fans at ANZ Stadium on Friday.

"We had a fair taste last year and last weekend against the Roosters, the crowd was incredible," Maguire said.

"To get those sorts of experiences, that's what it's like in finals footy.

"We've had a taste of it, we want more of it."

Maguire expected further improvement from Inglis, arguably the most dangerous attacker in the game, as he continues his comeback from a knee injury.

"This is his first full week where he actually trained every training session, so it's a real positive for us," Maguire said.

The Souths coach also revealed he'd spoken to forward leader Sam Burgess about several unsavoury on-field acts in recent weeks and had warned his men such ill-discipline could tempt other teams to niggle them.

Recently suspended for two matches for grabbing the testicles of Storm centre Will Chambers when the two teams last met, Burgess blotted his copybook further in last week's minor premiership decider.

He escaped judiciary action, but got plenty of publicity for running his fingers over the face of Roosters five-eighth James Maloney and jamming down his hand on the head of prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves as he lay on the ground.

"He's obviously disappointed, but the easiest way to fix that is make sure he goes out and plays the way he can and I'm sure he will this Friday," Maguire said.

"He's had a couple of incidences and it's one thing that he knows hurts the team at times.

"If he gets ahead of his game, he's going to become a better player and he wants to become a better player."