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Apr 28, 2021
Pamela WhaleyAAP Wests Tigers players have thrown their support behind beleaguered coach Michael Maguire, declaring it unfair to blame him for a miserable start the NRL season. Last week's 40-6 loss to Manly was a new low for the club, making their six losses from seven games the worst season start in their 22-year history. The heat quickly turned on recently re-signed Maguire, who is the first coach since Tim Sheens a decade ago to earn an extension from the success-starved club. Reports of a crisis meeting of club bosses broke on Sunday night and the club has spent the past few days denying Maguire's future is in doubt. On Wednesday, Alex Twal and David Nofoaluma said the players have taken accountability for their inconsistent form and it's unfair to blame Maguire. "We're the players, we're the ones going out there... we are in control of the result," Twal said. "We're the ones who haven't been playing to our capabilities. "We haven't been pointing the finger at each other, we're all looking at ourselves and how we can improve our own game and how we can move forward." It's been nine years since the Tigers played finals and the frustration at unfulfilled promises of improvement have spilled into this season. However, Twal said the team is confident Maguire is the right man for the job based on his premiership-winning experience at South Sydney in 2014 and his development of junior players. "Not only that, the club is building, it's just in this present time we don't have the wins on the board to support that but that's up to us as players to come together tighter and give the fans what they deserve," he said. A team lunch helped players and coaching staff air their grievances this week but Nofoaluma said there was a lot of confronting truths to face about their habit for inconsistency. Maguire is the fourth coach Nofoaluma has had at the Tigers since making his debut for Michael Potter in 2013. Having watched Potter, Jason Taylor and Ivan Cleary come and go, he has been here many times before. "It is pretty frustrating but I'm a part of this team and I can't think selfishly, my mentality is win," he said. "I always put my best foot forward for this team, and I 'll keep turning up. "We're all in this together." In an encouraging sign, on Wednesday rising hooker Jake Simpkin signed a two-year extension to keep him at the club until the end of 2024.