Maguire not getting carried away with table-topping team
Mon 25 Mar 2019, 12:11 AM
Wests Tigers might sit on top of the Telstra Premiership ladder for the first time in club history but Coach Michael Maguire wasn’t getting too caught up in the hype after just two games.
Off the back of their 34-6 demolition of the New Zealand Warriors at Campbelltown, Maguire’s side sit unbeaten in first position with the best points differential in the competition — putting them on top of the ladder for the first time in the regular season in any year since the club’s foundation in the 2000 season.
It’s a nice statistic for Wests Tigers fans to hang to as they look to make it three wins from three in Round 3 against the Bulldogs, but Maguire wasn’t getting drawn in to the attention around his side’s promising start to the 2019 campaign.
“I don’t look at the table at all to be honest,” Maguire said. "At the end of the day it’s a table but for us as a team that’s something that is bigger than the ladder.
"I was more pleased that they played for the 80 minutes. We spoke about the type of team we want to be and that’s obviously one of them. If we apply pressure to any opposition then you get some rewards on the back of that.
“We need to learn how to back that up.”
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The return of fullback Moses Mbye added plenty to his side’s attack, with the spine of he, Luke Brooks, Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah combining for the first time in 2019, having finished off the 2018 campaign together in impressive fashion.
“I was pleased with how they went about things,” Maguire said. "They stuck to the plan and were able to do the things we spoke about and wanted to achieve.
“We’ve got to keep building on that but it’s nice to see the boys get some rewards for the stuff they’ve been doing… I’ve got a strong spine that’s doing their job.”