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NRL Press Conference: Round 21

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It wasn’t a perfect performance, but Michael Maguire was more than happy to leave Cbus Super Stadium with two competition points.

The Wests Tigers coach described his side’s 28-16 win over the Bulldogs as “scrappy” but was pleased to see his players grind out the victory.

“It was a scrappy win but getting the two points was good to see,” Maguire said after the Round 21 match.

“It was good to see them dig in. They know they can be better — there’s a lot of areas they can improve — but getting the two points is what we came here for.

“It was pleasing to see the boys with smiles on their faces in the change rooms.”

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The win keeps Wests Tigers within reach of the top eight with four rounds remaining, and although Maguire said they’ll need to improve to have any hope of playing finals footy, he was happy to see a number of positive signs on Sunday afternoon.

“Our game is built on completing. I think the boys recognise that, they know what to do this week,” he said.

“We need to be better in areas, but lots of individuals stood up for us.

“If we build on this week, anything can happen in the game. We’ll get back to work this week.”