Brilliant Brooks silences Storm

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Brilliant Brooks silences Storm

Post by willow » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 12:32 am

Brilliant Brooks silences Storm
Author Andrew Marmont Timestamp Sun 18 Mar 2018, 12:13 AM

As Luke Brooks crossed for the match-winning try against the Storm at AAMI Park on Saturday night, he never lost faith it would happen.

The Wests Tigers were trailing 8-6 until a Ben Matulino one-handed pass found the halfback, who dived over to pinch a 10-8 victory and stun a bumper Melbourne crowd into silence.

Brooks told NRL.com that the side had practiced for such scenarios - finishing each half strongly - and it paid dividends.

''Even when they got that penalty goal to go in front, I still was confident we'd get the win,'' Brooks told NRL.com.

''[It's] all the training we've done during pre-season. We've really worked hard at the end of the game, the last ten minutes of each half. It's helped us.''

Brooks said he got a lucky bounce from Matulino to score but was still delighted at getting the two points.

The Tigers' fast start helped them eventually overcome the defending premiers.

''Coming up against a team like Melbourne, you've got to start strong, otherwise you're on the back foot from the start,'' he said.

''That was definitely a plan to start and finish strong.''

His halves partner Benji Marshall also enjoyed a strong game.

Marshall loved wearing the number six jersey again. It was the first time at five-eighth since round 17 last year with the Broncos.

''It was a tough game,'' he said.

''I was just happy to back in the number six, to be honest with you.

''It's just a good feeling. We've only won one time here previously, I think, so it's a big win for the boys. It's still early and we've got a long way to go.

''I'm proud of the boys' effort. I think the way we've started the season, we're really starting to build a lot of trust in each other and really playing for each other.''

Marshall's torpedo bombs and assorted ground kicks kept the Storm in their red zone.

''I don't think our attack has been that great, but we're backing it up with pretty good defence,'' he said.

''It wasn't flashy, it wasn't brilliant, but we got the job done.''


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Post by Telltails » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 12:45 am

Brooks tackle on Bromwich on our line was a highlight.

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Post by Magpie Magic » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 12:49 am

Looks like he finally feels welcomed by the team.
Super game great reads.

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Post by marzie » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 12:54 am

Well done brooksy

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Post by Tweed Tiger » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 12:58 am

He did some good stuff tonight

That run he made late in the game to allow us an attacking kick was 10/10


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Post by greatodensraven » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 8:30 am

We’re starting to make our own luck, loving it!

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Post by momo&medo » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 8:43 am

Yes he going along nicely.
Much improved effort tonight.
And defence is solid.

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Post by TCL » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 8:50 am

He has earnt the wraps this week. Benji has been great for Brooks.

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Post by kh_canada » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 8:51 am

He did well, more involved in comparison to last week.
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Post by Geo. » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 8:55 am

Brooks has always had these games in him its just a matter of consistancy week in week out for him something he has been unable to maintain in his career so far...

Hopefully it happens this year not only for him but Wests Tigers as well...
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Geo nailed it...

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Post by Spud Murphy » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 8:55 am

Yes he silenced me a bit too! Great game Brooksy, credit where credit is due.

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Post by cuzzo » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 8:56 am

Let’s not forget when Brooks stood up against the cat Slater

Well done Brooksy, put some great hits on
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Post by TrueTiger » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 9:03 am

Geo. wrote:
Sun 18 Mar, 2018 8:55 am
Brooks has always had these games in him its just a matter of consistancy week in week out for him something he has been unable to maintain in his career so far...

Hopefully it happens this year not only for him but Wests Tigers as well...
I think GEO that Ivan has instilled much needed confidence in Brooks,its paying dividens for him...
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Post by cktiger » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 9:10 am

TrueTiger wrote:
Sun 18 Mar, 2018 9:03 am
Geo. wrote:
Sun 18 Mar, 2018 8:55 am
Brooks has always had these games in him its just a matter of consistancy week in week out for him something he has been unable to maintain in his career so far...

Hopefully it happens this year not only for him but Wests Tigers as well...
I think GEO that Ivan has instilled much needed confidence in Brooks,its paying dividens for him...
He seems to go better with a steadying influence next to him (never thought I'd say that about Benji).
Wasn't his best game ever but, importantly, he showed he can make the right calls under pressure... something we have all been waiting for.

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Post by supercoach » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 9:12 am

Said it last week, when our previous coach tried to hide Brooks out wide in defence was disastrous, as he he was getting isolated and making a lot of poor reads. Now Cleary has him in the middle or on the edge and he is really tackling well and that flows onto the rest of his game. Certainly having Benji makes a difference

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Post by TrueTiger » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 9:13 am

cktiger wrote:
Sun 18 Mar, 2018 9:10 am
TrueTiger wrote:
Sun 18 Mar, 2018 9:03 am
Geo. wrote:
Sun 18 Mar, 2018 8:55 am
Brooks has always had these games in him its just a matter of consistancy week in week out for him something he has been unable to maintain in his career so far...

Hopefully it happens this year not only for him but Wests Tigers as well...
I think GEO that Ivan has instilled much needed confidence in Brooks,its paying dividens for him...
He seems to go better with a steadying influence next to him (never thought I'd say that about Benji).
Wasn't his best game ever but, importantly, he showed he can make the right calls under pressure... something we have all been waiting for.
Agree ck,I hope he continues to improve each game,if he does then the team will continue to get better week in week out...
You may see me struggle...but you will never see me quit... :D

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Post by GNR4LIFE » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 9:13 am

cktiger wrote:
Sun 18 Mar, 2018 9:10 am
TrueTiger wrote:
Sun 18 Mar, 2018 9:03 am
Geo. wrote:
Sun 18 Mar, 2018 8:55 am
Brooks has always had these games in him its just a matter of consistancy week in week out for him something he has been unable to maintain in his career so far...

Hopefully it happens this year not only for him but Wests Tigers as well...
I think GEO that Ivan has instilled much needed confidence in Brooks,its paying dividens for him...
He seems to go better with a steadying influence next to him (never thought I'd say that about Benji).
Wasn't his best game ever but, importantly, he showed he can make the right calls under pressure... something we have all been waiting for.
People bag Anasta, but forget Brooks played his best football with Anasta at 6.

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Post by jirskyr » Sun 18 Mar, 2018 9:19 am

I can barely believe how much better his defence is this year. He could always tackle front-on, but his decision making and the way his inside/outside men adjust has been just great.

Yeah tackle on K-Brom was quality, not just cutting him down but roughing him up. Commentators said Twal did it with knees in the back but I reckon Brooks hurt him straight up by dumping him on his side.

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