Maguire upbeat despite Tigers' NRL woes

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Michael Maguire insists he has the answers to turn around Wests Tigers after they made it 104 points conceded in two games in their 38-22 loss to South Sydney at Leichhardt Oval.

A fortnight after letting in 66 points to Melbourne, the Tigers saw another 26 go in against them in the first half alone on Sunday.

The Tigers at least showed some resilience in the second half as the Rabbitohs fell away, but by then the damage was done.

Maguire labelled his team's defence as rubbish and slammed their attitude, with their line speed poor early.

The coach's job came under pressure earlier this year before receiving board support, but the Tigers remain 14th on ladder while letting in an average of 30 points per game.

"I'm fine, I think the club is in really good shape to be able to take us to where want to get to," Maguire said when asked how secure he was.

"I talk to everyone around the organisation and we have been through a fair bit together.

"I have a really good group of young men who are really hungry to take the Wests Tigers forward.

"We have to do a lot of recruiting in that space in the last 12 months.

"Those young guys the more games they play and the more often they're out on the field, they are going to improve."

While it always looked like it could be one-way traffic on Sunday, the ease at which Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker picked them apart on the edge is a concern.

It took the pair just one set to break their defence, running the ball on the last and linking to put Taane Milne over.

Cameron Murray was also superb, playing the linking role he does best at lock, while Alex Johnston bagged a double to take his tally to the year to 19.

The winger also grubber-kicked back inside for Walker to score another in the first half.

The Rabbitohs also left points on the park, with Reynolds inexplicably stepping on the dead-ball line while scoring what should have been a simple try.

Changes could now be imminent at Concord, with Maguire willing to wield the axe again after the bye.

"I need to find men who are accountable for what we are doing. It's not acceptable for where we are going as a club," Maguire said.

"Our start looked like a training run for Souths. It was very disappointing to see us start like that.

"That first half, it was garbage."

Dale Finucane remains on the club's radar for next year, but the club is cautious not to pay overs to him with their salary cap slowly on the mend.

The Tigers at least added some respectability through four second-half tries.

But while that meant little to Maguire, it was enough to annoy Souths coach Wayne Bennett after his top-four-bound side took its foot off the gas.

"The first half was really good and the second half was far from good," Bennett said.

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