Maguire: Tigers won't be complacent

Maguire: Tigers won’t be complacent against giant-killing Dogs
Troy Whittaker Reporter
Fri 9 Aug 2019, 03:33 PM

Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire senses danger in a giant-killing Bulldogs outfit with nothing to lose and says his team’s recent good form is meaningless unless they keep winning.

Canterbury-Bankstown have defeated finals aspirants Cronulla, Newcastle and Penrith in their past five matches and are intent on continuing the trend against the Tigers.

Maguire’s troops sit ninth, in control of their finals fate, but they won’t take the 15th-placed Bulldogs lightly at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

“One thing about our group is they’re very aware of where we are right now and tomorrow’s a very important game,” Maguire said.

"We want to be the team that makes the eight. There’s a lot to play for and we’re aware of what we need to do tomorrow and we know the opposition have been performing well. So we need to turn up and make sure we perform the way we did last week.

“[Canterbury are] a thorough team. They complete, they build pressure. They do the things that every team’s trying to achieve. I guess at this time of the year they’re just out there playing.”

Maguire was most pleased with last week’s 28-4 victory over North Queensland after waiting to see a complete performance.

He praised his Tiger cubs for rising to the defensive standards he demands.

“I’m really understanding the group and I’ve got really strong characters I’m watching grow, but it’s the young guys I’ve been really impressed with,” Maguire said.

“In coaching, that’s what I get the most out of – seeing these young guys grow into strong men. I challenged the boys a couple of weeks ago and they’ve been able to move from where they were to [having] stronger defence. That’s what the game’s about at this time of year.”

And Maguire expects his youthful crop – including the likes of Thomas Mikaele, Oliver Clark and Paul Momirovski – to drag the senior players forward.

“Having a couple of key players is always a strength but it’s good to see the younger boys are able to challenge our older boys as well,” Maguire said.

“That’s obviously the type of team we want to become and we want to do it respectfully.”

Moses Mbye’s move from fullback to centre has proven successful, the Tigers having won four of five games with the captain permanently in the front-line and Corey Thompson filling the custodian role.

“He actually grew up playing as a centre and that was a little memory I had, so I thought I’d give him an opportunity out there,” Maguire said.

"I think he’s taken to it really well. He’s put a real strength around that left edge and the commitment he’s put into that has really helped us as a team.

“[Thompson] has really grown in that position. He’s learning and learning every single time we train. And that’s what I love about little Thommo, he just wants to get better – which is what we want to be as a club.”

Prop Josh Aloiai won’t face the Bulldogs because of a hand injury, with the Tigers granted exemption to bring Chris McQueen into their 21-man squad.

The club went straight from training at Leichhardt Oval on Friday to Macquarie Park to attend the funeral of former ARL and NSWRL chairman John Chalk, who died last week.

Chalk was the inaugural chair of the Wests Tigers board and had a lengthy tenure as Balmain’s chairman from 1985.

“I’m very big on the history of clubs. I wouldn’t be standing here if it wasn’t for John Chalk,” Maguire said.

“People like [Chalk] make our game.”

Like the Brooks article, seen this sort of comment from coaches precede so many disappointing Tigers performances in winnable games. If we win I think something has changed, we lose and this is the exact same pattern that goes on every single year.

@watersider said in Maguire: Tigers won't be complacent:

Like the Brooks article, seen this sort of comment from coaches precede so many disappointing Tigers performances in winnable games. If we win I think something has changed, we lose and this is the exact same pattern that goes on every single year.

Hopefully whatever Madge said to them after the raiders game is still fresh in their minds.

Wests Tigers are never complacent , we might take the opposition easy , assume we will show up and get the two points , be underprepared , leave our game faces at home , expect because it our day to shine that the opposition will roll over and play dead …but they will never , never , ever be complacent …ever

We just need to play tough and confident. We either go negative when it counts or get too excited and make too many errors.

Hopefully whatever Madge said to them after the raiders game is still fresh in their minds.

Madge’s magic words take effect

IT was the brutal character assessment that caught many by surprise, but Michael Maguire’s words following the Wests Tigers’ loss to the Raiders in Round 18 appear to have worked.
Maguire told his players to harden up after a loss in the nation’s capital, and his spray had the desired effect with the team winning their next two games.
“I feel like it was a challenge that we needed and we accepted it. ‘Madge’ wasn’t trying to put us down – it was more of a boost and I feel like it worked,” back-rower Ryan Matterson told Big League.
“We’re having chats so we’re holding everyone accountable. I don’t know what it was like last year, but we’re focusing on working for your mates.
“We feel like we’re a top eight team now. Madge has instilled a lot of good qualities that the Wests Tigers didn’t have last year and we’re just looking forward. We’ve got a new squad and a new coach so we can’t compare ourselves to last year, especially for me given I wasn’t here so I don’t know what it was like.”
The Tigers are on track to play finals footy for the first time since 2011, but Matterson and his team-mates aren’t getting ahead of themselves given the Bulldogs beat them earlier in the season.
“Every week you have to play as if you’re facing the best team in the comp because there are no easy games in the NRL,” he said.
“After you win, you don’t want to become complacent. That was a big focus leading into the Cowboys game, because even though we’d beaten Newcastle, we had to keep going because there were still areas we could improve.
“We’ve been chasing it for the past three weeks, so we’re approaching every game as if it’s do-or-die. We know if we play our best football then it’ll lead to good things.” ■)

We’ve played great for two weeks now. One bad week makes it all for nothing. Pressure pressure.

Our opposition the last 2 weeks have dropped lots of ball and bombed tries. Other results haven’t gone to plan so far this round so I’m tipping the bad luck to flow into our game…hope I’m wrong

@weststigers I think that other than the bonkos game, results have gone our way. We need our team to maintain the rage and if we win, we move up to 7th, one spot ahead of where we finished last week.

Just have to beat the dodgy’s tonight.

Its the ability to handle pressure that we’ve always sucked at. Except for 05 of course. “Toughen up” is right. Oh yeah, and don’t go for intercepts, don’t run out of the line, and don’t be too naughty out there. Only a couple of teams can be naughty.

This thread has 14 posts. Watch it quadruple and turn into a 15 page thread if we lose.

Oh no, ch 9 showing this game tonight.

Wifey doesn’t let me watch them play because they lose when I do, what do I do?

Decisions, decisions. Will I be selfish and watch or do as wifey says? I’m thinking watch them play and break the curse.

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