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Press Conference: NRL Round 12

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Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire has spoken about how proud he was of his players following their dominant 34-18 triumph against St George Illawarra at Bankwest Stadium.

Maguire’s men scored six tries to three to make it a perfect two wins from two matches against the Dragons this season.

“It’s nice to be able to smile in the changeroom after the game,” Maguire said.

“There were times there that we faced a little bit of adversity, but they stuck strong together and worked really hard.

“They managed to fight their way off their line and managed to score some points up the other end.”

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Maguire was impressed with his Indigenous stars Daine Laurie and James Roberts, who excelled as the NRL celebrated Indigenous Round.

Roberts scored a double on his return from injury, while Laurie also found the line and was arguably the best player on the field.

“Daine is coming along nicely, and it was great to see Jimmy Roberts score a couple of tries there, too. It was a special day for all of us,” the coach said.

“We’re working hard in the Indigenous space at the club. It was nice to celebrate that today.”

Maguire also praised his halves — Luke Brooks and Moses Mbye — who both impressed on Friday night.

“Our spine worked really well together — Brookys and Moses created quite a bit of opportunity for our players,” Maguire said.

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“I think Moses has found himself working with Brooksy and Adam [Doueihi] is comfortable in the centres and doing a really good job there.

“One thing about our players, no matter what position they’re chosen in, they’ll go out there and perform well for the team.

“The connection of the players is getting stronger and stronger. They’re building with what we’re about and now they’ve got to back it up.”