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Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire has spoken about the importance of his side playing for the Beyond Blue Cup when they face South Sydney at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday afternoon.

Maguire said the club is proud to once again partner with Beyond Blue as they provide support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.

“This is a great cause at this present moment with what the world is going through,” Maguire said.

“We need to look after each other and offer care to each other — that’s what Beyond Blue is about.

“I know our club is very strong in this area — looking after your teammates, staff and everyone around you. That’s a big one for everyone and very important for our club.

“Our players have blue bands that they’re going to be able to wear for the game.”

On a football note, Maguire admitted his side’s last performance against Melbourne ‘definitely hurt’ but they learnt a number of lessons from the loss and are eager to return to the field on Sunday afternoon.

“We’ve had a good solid two weeks of training and we’ve got a big game against the Rabbitohs,” he said.

“We took a lot out of that loss against Melbourne. The boys have spoken about the result — and it definitely hurt — but we’ve got to move on because that’s what the game allows you to do.”