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Maguire praises ex-NRL duo in Wigan win

Charlie Talbot-Smith 27/06/2011 01:16:36 PM Comments (0)

Michael Maguire reserved special praise for former NRL duo Brett Finch and George Carmont after they helped maintain Wigan's title charge with a 46-12 defeat of Super League rivals Huddersfield.

At 32, former Newcastle Knights centre Carmont looks as good as ever and bagged one of the Warriors' eight tries to take them to second on the table - one point behind Warrington with a game in hand.

Finch, who joined in the off-season from Melbourne Storm, has gone from strength to strength since making his debut in March following a neck injury.

And although England's Sam Tomkins grabbed a hat-trick and compatriot Gareth Hock made a successful return from a two-year drugs ban, Finch and Carmont were the names on Maguire's lips.

"I think Finchy did a good job he's getting some real good combinations going at the moment," said Maguire.

"He's really starting to show what he is capable of doing for us.

"The old timer Georgey Carmont, he had a sore leg at one stage and was meant to come off and then next thing he is making breaks down the edge.

"I'm very happy, to play the way we did last week and back it up again this week was very pleasing. The boys have worked hard over the last couple of weeks and to do it again was special."

After hitting out at speculation over his future as coach midweek, following successive heavy defeats to Leeds and Warrington, former Parramatta second rower Justin Morgan watched his Hull KR side demolish Harlequins 34-0.

Former Parramatta, Cronulla and Canterbury halfback Blake Green, ex-Melbourne second rower Clint Newton and Michael Dobson, who spent a season with Canberra Raiders, all crossed the line.

"When you're in a position that's based on results there's always pressure. There will be an equal amount of pressure to win next week after winning this week," said Morgan.

"I'm just very pleased for the players. I think sometimes the criticism that is pushed on their doorstep is unwarranted and I'm just really pleased that they came out and played well for each other.

"The reason I'm happy is that I'm happy for the players. I'm trying to remove myself from this and I'm happy for the players, the way that they've played and the rewards that they get.

"It's been work as normal and there's a huge unity within the club and within the team."

Uncertainty over his future at the club failed to stop former Australian international Matt King from joining ex-Manly hooker Michael Monaghan on the scoresheet as Warrington recorded a dramatic 35-28 win over St Helens.

King has been linked with a return to the NRL.

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