Wests Tigers hooker Harry Grant says disappointing second half performances in each of his side's last two outings have the team motivated to improve further against the Bulldogs this Sunday.
Grant was the standout in Wests Tigers' last-start win over the North Queensland Cowboys — setting up two tries en route to a remarkable 34-0 scoreline — but a sluggish second half from the team saw the margin reduced to 16 points in the end.
Having not scored a second half try for two weeks in a row now, Grant said the team were hungry to improve their consistency this Sunday night.
“We had a review this morning and addressed that we have had a very strong first half but for two weeks in a row we haven’t had the second half we would have liked,” Grant said.
“That’s what we’re focused on and trying to play the full 80 minutes together.
“It’s the attitude, mindset and being willing to compete on every play. Madge always speaks about doing your role in every game because that’s what it comes down to in the end and he's right.
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"We’re heading that way trying to find consistency and hopefully we'll find that 80-minute performance as we face the Bulldogs this weekend.”
Having played the full 80 minutes in back-to-back weeks for the first time in his young career, Grant said was revelling in the new opportunity.
“I do enjoy playing the full 80 minutes because you get a feel for the game," Grant said. "I just enjoy playing NRL if I'm being honest.
"We have a good bunch of guys here so I’m really enjoying it.
Match: Bulldogs v Wests Tigers
Round 7 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
“We have a running spine at the moment which is good," he added.
"It’s about being on the same page and playing to each other’s strengths. I think [Adam] Doueihi is quality — he’s very skilful player and handles the game well. He brings that to our spine and will be even better going forward."