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He might be looked at as a damaging player, but Wests Tigers winger Mahe Fonua believes it's the team that can cause the most damage to other sides in 2018.

A tackle-busting, powerful debut from the former Storm and Hull winger last weekend saw Fonua retain his spot for Saturday's clash against the Warriors, and while there's no doubting the power the 25-year-old has, he's adamant that the most damaging thing from Wests Tigers this year will be the team itself.

Quizzed as to whether the so-called "bubble had burst" on Wests Tigers, Fonua's answer was clear.

"I don't think there's ever been a team that's gone through the NRL undefeated," he said.

"Every team has its ups and downs and we're on a little slope right now.

"But I think from those losses you can build character and that's what we have in this team.

"There's a lot of strong players in this team and young players that are keen to rip in.

"We've had two losses by two points in the last 10 minutes, so it's just about fixing up those little things at the back end of games and I'm sure we can still do damage in this competition."

Playing his first NRL game since departing the Melbourne Storm at the end of the 2013 season, the Tongan international said he was simply happy to have earned his spot back for Saturday's game.

"I said after the game that my debut was eight weeks in the making," he said.

"It's been a good couple of years since I last played NRL, so it was good to get used to it again and get those nerves out of the way. Going in to this game, I'm probably less nervous but playing an NRL game is still a bit nerve-wracking, just not as much in the first game back.

"Playing reserve grade, my goals were pretty simple: just run hard and tackle hard.

"In doing that, hopefully I could make some noise up to Ivan with team selections and going in to last week's game I just tried to keep the same sort of game plan and relatively simple.

"I think I did my job and that's given me a chance to play this week, which is all I can ask."

See what Mahe Fonua had to say in full about this week's game in the video above!

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