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Wests Tigers Head Coach Michael Maguire
Press Conference: NRL Round 9

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Wests Tigers Head Coach Michael Maguire said tonight’s result is a reflection of the learning in the team over the last few weeks as his side took 30-4 victory over the Penrith Panthers.

Five tries in the opening 17 minutes of the match set tone for the remainder of the evening for Wests Tigers, with Maguire proud of the lift in intensity and focus after a disappointing last start defeat to the Sydney Roosters in Round 8.

“We've had to take a fair bit out of the past three weeks,” Maguire reflected.

“I thought our first half tonight was strong and we probably let ourselves down a bit in the second compared to how we build pressure in the first half.

“There’re the little things as a team and an organisation that we need to improve at to get the levels of what we played last week.

Despite a brilliant opening 20 minutes, Maguire said the biggest task for his side would be replicating it for the full 80 minutes next week against Melbourne.

"Tonight was just about doing our jobs for each other, and now we've got to do it for the full 80 minutes," he said. "We showed signs in the back end of the first half that we lapsed a little bit and it just dragged into the second half and it’s something the boys understand they need to improve on next week against Melbourne.

“To get a win like that from playing 40 minutes of good footy is good — we need to make sure we play the 80 minutes next week because we know who we’re playing.” 

Five tries in 17 minutes!

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