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Press Conference: NRL Round 7

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Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire has called on his team to remain resilient throughout matches and to stand up in the big moments, especially when the momentum quickly shifts.

Having held an early lead in the ANZAC Day clash, Wests Tigers quickly found themselves on the back foot following three tries to Manly Warringah in the space of four minutes — and the home side couldn’t recover as they suffered a 40-6 loss at Bankwest Stadium.

Maguire was disappointed his men couldn’t stick with the Sea Eagles and said they need to improve at staying in the fight even when things aren’t going their way.

“We can see the team they’re capable of but it’s the ebbs and flows that they can’t handle at times,” Maguire said after the game.

“Last week we did but this week we didn’t ... We need to learn how to handle a game when the momentum is shifting.

“All of a sudden, in 10 minutes, we found ourselves behind the pace.

“Every game is ebbing and flowing throughout the game. We need to be stronger in that department.”

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With the fast pace of the modern game, Maguire said his side need to remain patient and play consistent throughout the entire 80 minutes.

“You need to be strong enough mentally to stay in a game. Even we they scored three quick tries, you can still turn things around,” he said.

“We need to make sure we find that as a group.

“We’ve shown what we’re capable at times, but we need to be better in the big moments …  We need to be better for longer periods throughout the game. We were in control at the start of the match but then it turned on us.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Wests Tigers respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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