Campbelltown junior David Nofoaluma says his side are determined to repay the support of Members and fans this Saturday as they look to bounce back from two straight defeats and keep their finals hopes alive against the Newcastle Knights.
Losses at the hands of the Bulldogs and Sea Eagles coupled with injuries to Robbie Farah (tibia), Moses Mbye (hip flexor), Jacob Liddle (knee) and Josh Aloiai (hand) all within the last fortnight have seen Wests Tigers drop to 11th on the ladder with three games remaining in the regular season — leaving Michael Maguire's side with a tough task on their hands if they are to reach the finals series in 2019.
But with an extremely tight Telstra Premiership ladder, Wests Tigers could find themselves right back in the finals race with a win this weekend over the Knights, with Nofoaluma confident his team weren't looking beyond that at all.
"Our main focus is winning," Nofoaluma said ahead of his side's big game.
"We know we let the game go last week so we're just focused on Newcastle.
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"We've got chances of being in the finals so that's all that matters.
"We've put a real emphasis on our defence and working hard on that, so if we can execute that and make sure we're solid with that across the whole park then I think that'll put us in a good position to win the game on Saturday.
"It's not about finals — it's about the games remaining because there's only a few left and they're important. If we can win all three of them, then no matter the circumstances, I think the boys and coach will be proud."
Set to run out at Campbelltown Sports Stadium for the final time in 2019, Nofoaluma said it was crucial for his side to repay the support shown at the suburban venue this year with tremendous crowds there earlier in the season.
"Campbelltown is such a big part of Wests Tigers so we know it's important that we put on a good performance at home at the end of the day," he said.
“Our members and fans have been loyal to us so there’s nothing better to give them than for them to see us win. I know things may not have gone our way at times this year but that’s why we’ve got the best fans – they’re there no matter what.”
Match: Wests Tigers v Knights
Round 23 -
Venue: Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney