Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire says his side must back up their effort shown against South Sydney last week as they look to end a tough run of results in their ANZAC Day clash tomorrow.
Maguire's side were bitterly unlucky not to walk away with the two competition points last week after they were run down by the Rabbitohs in Golden Point, but said his side must find a similar effort this week as they take on the Sea Eagles.
Fuelled by return of Tom Trbojevic, Manly produced an inspired performance to down the Titans in Mudgee last week and will certainly prove a tough test.
"We've got to back up the effort and the energy we put out on the field," Maguire enthused ahead of the side's final training run on Saturday.
"We're working hard for each other but we've got to back it up.
"We've been really diligent in the preparation this week but we've got to be about that repeat performance and that's between the ears. It comes back with our attitude to how we go about things and the expectations we have of each other.
"We've really looked hard internally this week so I'm looking forward to seeing a strong performance. We've ebbed and flowed a little bit so we need to back it up — the training has been strong and we've got to make sure we utilise that."
With AJ Kepaoa ruled out for the remainder of the season, utility Michael Chee Kam returns to the side at centre while local junior Alex Seyfarth earns his first appearance of the year after being called into the side on the bench.
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Maguire said their selection was reward for their efforts in the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup competition, where the Magpies have won their past four games.
"There's been some really strong performances down in reserve-grade," he said, "so it's a bit of reward for those guys off what they've been doing.
"We've got to make sure we're building in both grades and across the club, and those boys have definitely shown that they're ready to be back in first-grade.
"As much as we did some great things last week, we've got to make sure we control those games and close them out in the moments. They're the little things we're looking for now to be a stronger team than where we have been.
"We've got to work hard in that area."
Match: Wests Tigers v Sea Eagles
Round 7 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney