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NRL Press Conference: Round 18

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Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire believes his team’s bond is the reason they managed to overcome the Broncos on Sunday afternoon.

Having to fight back from a number of deficits throughout the match, Maguire’s men weathered the storm to scored six tries to one in the second half.

“I was pleased with how they fought for each other,” Maguire said after the match.

“I’ve said there’s a strong bond between the group — you’ve got to have strong bonds in teams to fight back in games like that.

“It was nice to see — the boys stuck together and executed a plan by applying pressure and we came out the right end.”

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Returning to five-eighth, Adam Doueihi was the star of the show as he recorded five try assists, four line-break assists and 147 running metres, and although Maguire was delighted with his playmaker’s efforts, he refused to praise just one player.

Maguire was pleased with his two debutants — Tuki Simpkins and Junior Pauga — after they had performances to remember.

“I think everyone had their moments,” the coach said.

"Adam definitely, it was good to see him come back in. He's been in the background working on his game as he does. Moses has done some great things in the halves for us as well but I made the change and it was good to see the boys jump into that."

“Young Stefano [Utoikamanu] and Thomas Mikaele did a great job in the front row. Our young debutants came on and played their part. I think it was a team effort — that was our approach heading into the game.”

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The 18-point win moves Wests Tigers to within one win of the top eight with seven rounds remaining.

“We’ve got a massive opportunity in front of us,” Maguire said.

“We’ve had some challenging times with some ups and downs, but this will give us a lot of belief moving forward because this group is growing into what they need to do.

“We’ve spoken about what we want to achieve, and we’ll leave it at that.”