Wests Tigers winger David Nofoaluma says his combination with right side centre partner Kevin Naiqama is giving him extra confidence each week, as the pair look to produce another defensive masterclass this Saturday against the Cronulla Sharks.
Having kept arguably the best centre-wing combination in Semi Radradra and Michael Jennings try-less in the Club's Easter Monday clash with the Eels, the duo will now turn their attention to stopping Sosaia Feki and Ricky Leutele this Saturday at Campbelltown.
For Nofoaluma, the way in which the combination is growing both defensively and in attack (with seven tries between them this year) provides him with plenty of confidence.
"Kev and I are real confident in each other, particular in defence," he said.
"We've been working really hard every week and in pre-season to do the best we can, and I think that combination has been coming off well.
"I'm going out each week with confidence because I know that Kev is on my inside. I can trust him and he can trust me, and having that really builds a strong relationship on the field.
"And having that allows us to come up with that success in both attack and defence."
Naiqama — who ranks only behind James Tedesco with four tries and four try-assists this season — echoed Nofoaluma's thoughts regarding the combination, saying it was something he felt was improving each week as the pair learn more about each other's game.
"On the weekend, our whole right edge — me, Nofoaluma, Moses and Lovett — we all had to be on our game together as a team and I was really happy with our effort," he said.