Maguire pleased with two points and determination to win
Sun 16 Aug 2020, 08:09 PM
Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire said he was pleased with the way his side closed out tonight’s game against the Bulldogs — securing a much-needed two points in the process.
Having squandered a 22-6 lead midway through the first half to eventually trail the 16th-placed Bulldogs with less than 10 minutes to go, Maguire’s side found another gear with Joey Leilua’s late try and sideline conversion from Moses Mbye, before Luke Brooks stepped up to deliver the match-winning field goal.
For Maguire, it was an important result and moment for his side as they ended a run of three straight defeats in the process.
“It was nice to see they found a way to win,” Maguire reflected after the game.
"We’ve had a couple of challenging weeks, and then we had control of this game and then we lost control through little areas of concentration.
"So it was nice to see Brooksy kick that field goal at the end.
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He’s been putting a lot of practice in to that so it was good to see it pay off.
“But I just think this group is better than where we are,” he added.
“Little lapses of concentration put a lot of pressure on ourselves and it’s happened in a number of games now. We put pressure on in the things we’re doing, and if we can fix those up then I think it can be a hell of a lot better than what we’ve shown.”
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Having fought his way back from an awful injury over 12 months ago, Jacob Liddle’s return was a highlight for Wests Tigers and for Maguire on the night.
“He was under a lot of pressure there in his first game back with a lot of their big fellas running straight at him,” Maguire reflected with a smile.
"I thought he did a really good job.
"He’s been out for twelve months and hasn’t been able to play a game with the circumstances we’re in so that’s his first game back.