Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire said a repeat of the strong 40 minutes his side turned in against Penrith won't be enough to get the job against Melbourne next Thursday.
A 30-4 thumping of the Panthers in the Magic Round clash at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night featured a blistering first half that was followed by a second 40 in which the Tigers cruised to victory.
The match was effectively over as a contest after 10 minutes as Robbie Farah conducted a public autopsy of Penrith's defence, making incisions at will and opening up opportunities for his outside men to run riot and bolt out to a 20-0 lead.
It was 26-4 at half-time but as the rain fell in Brisbane the Tigers attack dissipated. They crossed the line just once in the second term through centre Esan Marsters.
The opening onslaught was a positive response to the 42-12 loss to the Roosters a week ago but rather than reveling in a win that moved his side into the top eight, Maguire set their sights on what will be required in Melbourne.
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"To be able to get a win like that and play 40 minutes of good footy, we need to make sure we build for the 80 next week because we know who we're playing,” Maguire warned.
"I thought our first half was strong but we probably let ourselves down a bit in that second half with how we were building pressure in that first half compared to the second half.
"They're the little things that we as a team and an organisation need to improve.
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"I think all the boys were hurting a fair bit from last week. We put effort in but it wasn't where we wanted it to be.
“We've got to make sure we turn up like that all the time now.”
The inclusion of Benji Marshall at five-eighth in his return from injury gave the Tigers a spine for which Penrith had little answer.
With Farah scheming around the ruck, Luke Brooks challenging the line, Marshall coming up with a superb overall kicking game and captain Moses Mbye's try-saving exploits at the back, the nominal home side had answers for everything Penrith threw at them.
"It was good to have him back," Maguire said of Marshall's comeback after five weeks on the sidelines.
"He's had a tough old trot the last few weeks but to have those three back and try and build some cohesion in that position in the spine was really beneficial.
"Mo has been challenged around his game and he answered that tonight.
"He saved a couple of certain tries and I think that was a real special piece of what we did. It just showed a lot of selflessness about how he went about his game."
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