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Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire says it’s important to celebrate David Nofoaluma’s 150-game milestone when Wests Tigers face the Warriors, but the main focus needs to be on backing up last week’s impressive performance from Magic Round.

Yet to claim back-to-back wins in 2021, Maguire’s men have the opportunity to keep the momentum rolling when they play at Central Coast Stadium on Friday night

“We had a strong performance last week [against Newcastle] and we’ve got to back it up this week,” the coach said.

“I was happy with the cohesion of the boys. It was good to watch.

“How they played is something we’ve got to hang on to. It’s all about backing it up now. It’s a big game ahead.”

Nofoaluma will become just the 13th player in Wests Tigers history to reach 150 NRL games for the club when he lines up this Friday.

Although the focus will be on leaving Gosford with two competition points, Maguire says the club will recognise the one-club player.

“He’s been through a lot and he’s been at this club a long time,” Maguire said.

“Even for himself, he’s grown from a young man, learning the ins and outs of playing in the NRL

“It’s nice to see him reach 150 and I’m looking forward to seeing him hit 200 if he keeps playing the was he is.

One thing about Dave is that he’s all about the team.

Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire

"It’s a great moment for him but we need to focus on backing up last week’s performance.

“It’s very special. It’s nice to see those players reach those milestones. To play one game, let alone 150 games is an achievement. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into it.”

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