Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire says he's looking to see his side perform this Saturday at a level befitting of the legendary careers of departing legends Benji Marshall and Chris Lawrence.
With both Marshall and Lawrence set for their final game in Wests Tigers colours — and a number of other players also set to depart — Maguire said it was important his side finish the year strong to send those players out on a winning note.
“It’s really important for us to finish well," Maguire enthused.
"We have a number of boys who put a lot of time and effort into the Wests Tigers and we’re looking at putting in a real good performance to tribute that.
“There’s a lot going on with milestone and all sorts of thing — even Adam Doueihi playing his 50th game — but it’s really about the boys that are leaving.
The legacy of Marshall and Lawrence
“Benji Marshall and Chris Lawrence are legends of the club that will go down in history for a long time," he said.
"They’ve been at the club and put a lot of time, effort, emotion and energy into the club. It would be really fitting to see them put in a good performance tomorrow.”
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Maguire paid credit to the professionalism and talent of both Marshall and Lawrence, and said they set the standard for values at the club.
“Their leadership and personality around the club is great but what you don’t see on the field is how professional they are about it,” said Maguire.
“They turn up week-in and week-out and do their best — that’s something that clubs are always aspiring to.
“For Chris, seeing his resilience in the game is a real attribute to what he has done over his career. He’s been able to find his way back and put his body straight back on the line and that sums up who he is.”
“I want them to get out there, work hard for each other and enjoy it," he added.
"It’s our last game despite our aspirations to keep playing after this weekend.
"One thing they can all do as a team is go out there and back each other while enjoying playing with two legends of the club.”
Match: Wests Tigers v Eels
Round 20 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney