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Wests Tigers Holden Cup Coach Todd Payten says his team must be more ruthless on the road to the finals series.

In his weekly club blog, Payten was happy with the win over Manly but says there is plenty of work still to be done.


We got back the result we were after on Monday against Manly but as a coach, we were far from convincing. Although the score line ended up 40-22 there were some tense times in the box.

I thought we started well with good intensity in both attack and defence and were able to run in 4 unanswered tries to lead 18-0. At that point we should have kicked on with it and rack up a score but we took the foot off the gas and were happy to do just enough.

Manly stayed in the game by completing their sets and along with our poor discipline in giving away 5 successive penalties, they got within 2 points. We were able to skip away again with 3 successive tries with some good football but it was the lack of ruthlessness and the fact that we are just happy doing enough that frustrates me.

Against tougher opponents we will find it hard to swing momentum back our way when the other side has the running. Another thing we must learn is to build pressure and stay patient. Almost everytime we get into their end we are trying to score.

Our 5th tackle options lack maturity. We try for the miracle kick or pass play when we should attempt to roll a ball into the in goal for a repeat set. An incredible stat in our comp is that teams are only able to defend 30% of all repeat sets. Whether it is a knock on, goal line drop out or penalty. We just need to stay patient to get the rewards we are after.

I am happy that we got the win but moving forward we must learn and improve and build for the semi finals.

Nathan Brown won our coaches and players player awards. His first stint was very good leading our line speed and responded to my challenge of getting on top of their forward leader.

Kurtis Rowe was strong at the back and is finding his early season form again. It is a fact when Kurtis plays well, we win games.

Nathan Milone was good also looking threatening on the edge and having some classy involvements.

Kyle Lovett, Brenden Santi and Andy Fiagatusa were their dependable selves doing their share.
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