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Cleary: "Now we just sit back and see what happens"
Press Conference: NRL Round 24

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Wests Tigers Coach Ivan Cleary says while it wasn't the prettiest win for his side on Thursday, the ability to keep their season alive for another week was pleasing.

The slender win sees Wests Tigers close the gap to the Warriors and Broncos inside the top eight to just two points with those two sides facing off against the Panthers and Roosters respectively over the weekend — a win for either side condemning Wests Tigers to a ninth-placed finish in season 2018.

But for now, Wests Tigers are still alive, and that's all that was concerning the Coach after a tough win.

"We're still alive," Cleary said with a relieved sigh.

"It was looking pretty good, actually, midway through the second half. I was disappointed with the first half — we looked distracted and didn't do what we planned to do — and didn't get it together at all.

"So the second half was much better, but it was just a scrap and a hang on to try win it at the death.

"And now we just sit back and see what happens over the weekend. 

"We'll know what's in front of us once the weekend happens but it's great we're still alive."

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Should the side's final homes come down to a final round clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Cleary said they would take confidence from their victory over the premiership hopefuls last month, but admitted there was simply too much football to be played before worrying too much about that game.

"We've shown this year that we can beat the best teams," Cleary enthused.

"So there's a bit of confidence there, having already beaten Souths. But we're going to have to play a fair bit better than we did tonight. We'll just see how the weekend goes and take stock from there."

See what Ivan Cleary and co-captain Chris Lawrence had to say in full about tonight's game above!


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