Wests Tigers Head Coach Michael Maguire said his side are looking forward to building on a good week off the back of the Representative Round when they face the South Sydney Rabbitohs tomorrow night at Bankwest Stadium.
Maguire — who himself tasted success over the weekend as the New Zealand Kiwis Coach — said the side are looking to reinstate their consistency on Thursday, with the coaching highlighting individual and collective progress made in recent weeks.
"The boys have had a really good week coming back from all their duties at international or State of Origin level and we're just looking forward to the game," Maguire said.
"We've shown plenty of good signs, but we just need to make sure we do it consistently now and for 80 minutes.
"We're getting pretty desperate — we've shown some great signs but we need to improve.
"We're at the stage of the year now where we’ve got a great opportunity in front of us and we’ve got to do the things we’re very capable of.
“I’ve been able to show they players some really good signs of growth from where we’ve been, but it doesn’t mean much if we don’t do it for 80 minutes.
"If we do that then the opportunity of winning games of footy are there.”
Rabbitohs clash a must-win for Wests Tigers' finals hopes
Potentially distracted by the health concerns of Moses Mbye, players coming back for the Rabbitohs or a poor record at Bankwest Stadium, Maguire emphasised the team's focus to get together and deliver a good performance tomorrow.
"It's cliche, but we've been focused on what we've been doing," he said.
"Whoever is in front of us you've just got to play.
"For us, it's about how we go about our game.
"Against the Cowboys, we showed some really good touches of play early on but we took the heat off and the Cowboys jumped back in to the game. They're areas we've spoken about, and if we address those, we're going to be in every game we play.
“We’re looking forward to getting back together and putting a really good performance in," he added. "We play a number of games at Bankwest Stadium now and it's one of the world’s best grounds so there's no reason why you can't turn up here and play some good footy and that's what we're determined to do."
Match: Wests Tigers v Rabbitohs
Round 15 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney