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Maguire never lost faith in thrilling comeback

Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire said he never lost faith in his team's ability to fight back against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, despite the home side leading by 14 points with 11 minutes to go.

Made to endure a mountain of defensive work throughout the match, Wests Tigers stormed home courtesy of a double to Adam Doueihi and a third try to David Nofoaluma to secure their biggest comeback inside the final 15 minutes of a game.

"I do have a lot of belief in this group, and I've said that right throughout the season," Maguire emphasised after his side's stunning comeback.

"It's a matter of us doing it over and over to get to where we want to get to.

"That's the consistency of where we want to get to as a group.

"We were challenged defensively for long periods of the game; I don't think we had the ball for passages of 10-15 minutes at times throughout the game.

"But they found a way to fight through that — to put themselves in the fight for the whole game — and get home in the last 10 minutes."

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On the wrong end of an 8-1 penalty count and with a staggering 32 percent of the ball throughout the night, Maguire praised his side's resilience.

"It was just like tackling practice at times," Maguire said of the game-flow.

"But one thing I do know about this group is that they have got the belief. It's just giving them the right opportunities and putting them in the right space to be able to get the plays on. 

"As you saw in the last ten minutes, they fought their way back in to the game and their belief got them the win."

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