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NRL: Maguire makes finals pledge

Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire says his side have what it takes to win every game they play in after they slumped to a 44-18 defeat against South Sydney on Saturday.

The Tigers were hoping to make the top eight of the NRL and play finals and Maguire believes they can do it despite a poor season so far that sees them in 15th spot on the ladder.

Souths capitulation

The Tigers have won just three games all season but looked on course to pick up the fourth as they were leading the Rabbitohs by six points at half-time.

However they fell away after the break as the Bunnies ran in six unanswered tries to take the victory which put the pressure back on Maguire.

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Despite the manner of the loss, Maguire still believes his side are capable of going on a winning streak that can take them in to finals.

Maguire keeps the faith

“I do. We can win every game. We’ll roll up every week with the attitude to win every game,” he said when asked if he believes they can make finals. “We’ll turn it around for sure. There are passages of plays that I’ve said show what our team is capable of. Look at the first half.

“We had some good control in the first half. But in the second half, they just took control and rolled up the back of the ruck and got momentum and then kicked to the corners and just played a real long game.

“They applied the pressure. Obviously, every team is trying to do that but they just did it better than us in the second half.”

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