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South Sydney scapegoat Owen Craigie has vowed to fight his way back after being dumped again in the wake of the Rabbitohs' latest National Rugby League humiliation.
Souths coach Paul Langmack on Wednesday saw fit to drop just two players from the team which suffered the biggest defeat of the 2003 season on Monday.
Gone from the 62-12 drubbing at the hands of the Bulldogs are five-eighth Craigie and winger Ahmad Bajouri.
Craigie forced a couple of passes and knocked the ball on while trying to score a try with the game still in the balance before halftime.
But the skilful pivot still looked one of the few players capable of making a break for the Rabbitohs.
"I went for two intercepts and didn't get them, but I don't think that was the reason we got slapped by 50 points," Craigie said.
"It's a bit disappointing but what can I do?
"I'm just there to play football and this week I'm playing first division and I'll go out and do my best for the Premier League team.
"I'll fight my way back."
It's not the first time Craigie has been dropped, with the Rabbitohs demanding pre-season that he lose weight if he wanted to play first grade.
This time, though, it appears coach Langmack has found another reason to make him the fall guy for the Rabbitohs' continuing woes.
"He (Langmack) just told me that he wanted to make a few changes and that he was going to try a few different things," the 25-year-old said.
"He said go out there and play reserve grade and have a bit of fun, play stress-free football and enjoy yourself.
"I can understand his decision."
But, when asked to assess his performance against the Bulldogs, Craigie said: "I don't have to say anything. Everyone saw what happened.
"What I say is not going to make a difference to what happened.
"What can I do? There's nothing I can really do."
Ashley Harrison replaces Craigie at five-eighth against Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday night.
Former test centre Russell Richardson is the new face in the three-quarter line for the axed Bajouri.