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Wests Tigers skipper James Tamou has called on his players to step up ahead of their Round 3 clash against the Newcastle Knights on Sunday afternoon.

Tamou is far from satisfied with his side’s start to the season and said they need to turn things around quickly.

Wests Tigers have opened their 2021 campaign with losses against the Raiders and Roosters, but Tamou is confident they’ll put in a better performance this weekend.

“All of us need to look in the mirror and make some changes,” Tamou said.

“We’ve had some big discussion and we know we need to keep it simple and focus on our own game.”

While Tamou admitted the side needs improvement, he said it’s important to return to basics first as the club aims to claim their first win if the season.

“We need to go back to basics. We don’t want to overthink things. Everyone has to do their job and step up.

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“We know we need to turn it up. We were there abouts in both games this season but that’s not good enough.

“The Roosters taught us a lesson on competing. They did it for 80 minutes and that’s what we’ve got to do.”

With the Knights winning their opening two matches, Tamou said this week’s clash will be a good test against one of the in-form teams.

“It’s always a big crowd at Newcastle because they love their team up there,” he said.

“They’ll be ripping in. They’ll be looking to go through the middle and we’ll have to stop them.”