Maguire in Bullish mood

Michael Maguire
Michael Maguire

MICHAEL Maguire has challenged his players to be ruthless when Wigan travel to Bradford tomorrow (Sunday).

The coach was disappointed with the way his players let St Helens out of jail last week, throwing away a 16-0 lead to draw the game 16-16.

And with the World Club Challenge clash with St George-Illawarra just a week away, he has ordered them not to make the same mistake again.

Maguire said: “It’s up to us to turn up and play the way we know we can.

“We have to make sure we complete our sets and put more pressure on.

“Last weekend we put a little too much pressure on ourselves and we allowed St Helens to continually come back into the game from our good positions.

“We must make sure we keep the ball and make sure our discipline is right. We also need to make sure we get our bodies in front when we’re defending.

“It wasn’t one of our better performances against Saints, our standards are normally a lot higher than some of the things that went on last weekend, so we need to get back to what we do best.”

Mick Potter’s Bradford have recruited heavily in the off-season and given the turn-over, they surprised many observers with their unity in the narrow 32-28 loss to Leeds last Sunday.

“They’ve made a number of changes and they are a tough team,” added Maguire.

“The new coach has made plenty of difference. At this time of year everyone is still working on their combinations, but we saw already that they’re well drilled, they’ve improved a hell of a lot from the end of last year, so it’s going to be a tough encounter for us.”

ST George-Illawarra completed a perfect build-up to their World Club Challenge with a 28-14 NRL trial win over Canterbury in Wollongong last night. They beat South Sydney 32-10 a week earlier.