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"We're ahead of where I thought we'd be"

Wests Tigers Head Coach Ivan Cleary had some stirring words for his side following a gutsy 22-18 defeat to the Sydney Roosters this evening at Allianz Stadium.

Made to do a mountain of defensive work throughout the match, Cleary said his underdog side were certainly ahead of schedule as they seek to re-build the squad for the season ahead.

"We're definitely further ahead of where I thought we'd be," he said.

"I think I made the comment a few weeks back that the build hasn't started yet — it has now.

"That's a credit to the players.

"There was a period of recovery when those players were leaving, but the last eight weeks we've been very competitive, won games we should have and won a tight one last week.

"We still need to be better in those tight games, but we're being competitive.

"We haven't been in the finals race for a long time, so it's a credit to the boys for the resilience that they're showing and for the ways in which they're trying to improve."

See what Ivan Cleary and Matt Eisenhuth had to say about the game in the video above!

Be there for our final Campbelltown game of season 2017 as we take on the North Queensland Cowboys on August 25!