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West Coast coach Adam Simpson says Eagles are better prepared for second Queensland hub test

West Coast coach Adam Simpson says his team’s biggest challenge is yet to come as they finished their six-game home stint with a 12-point win over Greater Western Sydney.

After an eighth victory in a row, the Eagles will travel to Queensland on Monday sitting in fourth place, but they have little time to prepare for Thursday night’s game against Richmond.

With plenty of challenges in front of them, Simpson said the Eagles had to rise to “another level” in Queensland.

“We’re in a reasonably good space but we’ve got a big block coming up,” Simpson said.

“We’ve got the Tigers in four days and our little compressed season is in front of us, where a lot of clubs have gone through that. Our real test is what’s in front of us.

“We’ve established a strong identity with how we’re playing. I feel like we lost our way early up in Queensland, reviewed a few things, worked on a couple of things from a leadership point of view and then we carried it out on field. I think there’s a reasonably good brand that stacks up.”

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West Coast’s chances of beating the Tigers received a boost when Richmond key forward Tom Lynch was referred directly to the tribunal after again being cited for a striking offence.

West Coast still don’t know where they will be staying in Queensland, but they are planning on having more families with them this time.

The Eagles beat GWS 9.7 (61) to 7.7 (49) at Optus Stadium and the victory was set up by star pair Nic Naitanui and Jeremy McGovern.

Naitanui dominated the opening term and remained influential for the rest of the game, while McGovern’s intercept marking repeatedly denied the Giants as they surged during the final quarter. The All-Australian defender took three contested marks during the final quarter.

“Nic set us up and Gov probably saved us,” Simpson said.

“I thought Gov was pretty good last week too. I’m really pleased we won without him for the four weeks he was out.

“I’m really happy with the win. We knew this was going to be a bit of a fight.

“With the Giants were coming off a disappointing game, getting that early lead was important and they didn’t stop. We’ll take that win and we’ll move on.

“We thought we played a quality side on the rebound, almost at full strength. So to get the win, we are really happy.”

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