Luke Brooks Calling the Shots..

Halfback Luke Brooks proves he’s the one calling the shots at the Wests Tigers
Date March 13, 2015 - 8:13PM
Michael Chammas

Last Saturday night’s one-point win against the Titans was the first real indication that Luke Brooks had developed the confidence and authority to dictate terms as the general of the Wests Tigers.

For so long, skipper Robbie Farah and former five-eighth Benji Marshall had called the shots at the joint-venture club.

But in the dying moments of the round one match against the Gold Coast, Brooks made it clear there was a new sheriff in town by orchestrating the match-winning play.

“To be honest I didn’t even know Patty [Richards] was lined up behind me,” Farah said.

“I was just giving the ball to Brooksy. I thought he was going to take the shot. He obviously passed it back to Patty and for us to execute that, especially under pressure, is pleasing to know we can come up with those sorts of plays.”

Brooks might not have taken the snap that gave the Tigers the two points, but the vision and unselfishness to do what was required to get the team over the line was a genuine sign of maturity and development.

Most of the play-makers who have played alongside Farah and Marshall over the years have struggled to voice their authority, but Brooks looks to be the exception.

It’s not only Brooks, however, who is high on confidence after a pre-season under the Jason Taylor regime.

“I don’t want to compare but it’s a really good feel at the moment,” Farah said.

"Everyone is really enjoying coming in and training everyday. Things are going well, everyone is working hard and we’re learning. All the young kids are taking in what JT and the coaching staff are trying to do and believing in the system. I think that shows.

“It hasn’t just been JT coming in. It’s a new strength and conditioning program and coaches and trainers. The way they’ve done things in the gym has been a lot different. The way they’ve done things out on the field is a lot different. It hasn’t just been one person coming in, it’s the overhaul of the whole program.”

As part of that overhaul, the TIgers have also restructured their training and rehabilitation program to try to avoid a repeat of the number of major injuries that plagued the club for the past two seasons.

While Farah admits he’s feeling fresh as a result, he believes the real benefits of the change won’t be seen until the business end of the year.

“That’ll tell over the course of the season,” Farah said.

“Everyone feels good in round one and two, but you’ll start to see the impacts of what we’re doing probably round 15 to round 20 during the hard slog of the year. Hopefully that’s when we’ll start to see the benefits of it later in the season.”

The Tigers got off to a sluggish start in their opening-round match against the Titans, still adapting to Taylor’s game plan.

But Farah insists there were glimpses of brilliance among some of the disharmony, adamant it wouldn’t be long before it all came together.

“JT’s come in with a game plan that’s completely different to what we did last year,” Farah said.

"It’s very structured and very specific to the way he wants to play. We’re learning to adapt to that. You probably saw in round one last week there were times we struggled with it. But you saw at other times it clicked and we looked really good.

“That’s something we’ll continue to work through and it will be weeks before you see us really flowing in attack. We believe in it and once we do finally nail it, it will be pretty.”

http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/wests-tigers/halfback-luke-brooks-proves-hes-the-one-calling-the-shots-at-the-wests-tigers-20150313-142yjs.html

I think Farah is right,JT has a great footy brain,and if the whole team buys in to it,we will be a far superior team to the one Sheen’s and Potter trotted out over the last 4 years.

As a tactician I think Taylor has developed into one of the best in the game. I suspect once the team clicks with the new structure, we will surprise a few sides.

@Geo.:

Halfback Luke Brooks proves he’s the one calling the shots at the Wests Tigers
Date March 13, 2015 - 8:13PM
Michael Chammas

Last Saturday night’s one-point win against the Titans was the first real indication that Luke Brooks had developed the confidence and authority to dictate terms as the general of the Wests Tigers.

For so long, skipper Robbie Farah and former five-eighth Benji Marshall had called the shots at the joint-venture club.

But in the dying moments of the round one match against the Gold Coast, Brooks made it clear there was a new sheriff in town by orchestrating the match-winning play.

“To be honest I didn’t even know Patty [Richards] was lined up behind me,” Farah said.

“I was just giving the ball to Brooksy. I thought he was going to take the shot. He obviously passed it back to Patty and for us to execute that, especially under pressure, is pleasing to know we can come up with those sorts of plays.”

Brooks might not have taken the snap that gave the Tigers the two points, but the vision and unselfishness to do what was required to get the team over the line was a genuine sign of maturity and development.

Most of the play-makers who have played alongside Farah and Marshall over the years have struggled to voice their authority, but Brooks looks to be the exception.

It’s not only Brooks, however, who is high on confidence after a pre-season under the Jason Taylor regime.

“I don’t want to compare but it’s a really good feel at the moment,” Farah said.

"Everyone is really enjoying coming in and training everyday. Things are going well, everyone is working hard and we’re learning. All the young kids are taking in what JT and the coaching staff are trying to do and believing in the system. I think that shows.

“It hasn’t just been JT coming in. It’s a new strength and conditioning program and coaches and trainers. The way they’ve done things in the gym has been a lot different. The way they’ve done things out on the field is a lot different. It hasn’t just been one person coming in, it’s the overhaul of the whole program.”

As part of that overhaul, the TIgers have also restructured their training and rehabilitation program to try to avoid a repeat of the number of major injuries that plagued the club for the past two seasons.

While Farah admits he’s feeling fresh as a result, he believes the real benefits of the change won’t be seen until the business end of the year.

“That’ll tell over the course of the season,” Farah said.

“Everyone feels good in round one and two, but you’ll start to see the impacts of what we’re doing probably round 15 to round 20 during the hard slog of the year. Hopefully that’s when we’ll start to see the benefits of it later in the season.”

The Tigers got off to a sluggish start in their opening-round match against the Titans, still adapting to Taylor’s game plan.

But Farah insists there were glimpses of brilliance among some of the disharmony, adamant it wouldn’t be long before it all came together.

“JT’s come in with a game plan that’s completely different to what we did last year,” Farah said.

"It’s very structured and very specific to the way he wants to play. We’re learning to adapt to that. You probably saw in round one last week there were times we struggled with it. But you saw at other times it clicked and we looked really good.

“That’s something we’ll continue to work through and it will be weeks before you see us really flowing in attack. We believe in it and once we do finally nail it, it will be pretty.”

http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/wests-tigers/halfback-luke-brooks-proves-hes-the-one-calling-the-shots-at-the-wests-tigers-20150313-142yjs.html

Another fluff piece.

Havent achieved anything this year, struggled to beat an under strength Titans team and the Sharks trial form is now looking very shaky.

As ive said before, shut up untill they win some games.

@Tiger In The Gong:

@Geo.:

Halfback Luke Brooks proves he’s the one calling the shots at the Wests Tigers
Date March 13, 2015 - 8:13PM
Michael Chammas

Last Saturday night’s one-point win against the Titans was the first real indication that Luke Brooks had developed the confidence and authority to dictate terms as the general of the Wests Tigers.

For so long, skipper Robbie Farah and former five-eighth Benji Marshall had called the shots at the joint-venture club.

But in the dying moments of the round one match against the Gold Coast, Brooks made it clear there was a new sheriff in town by orchestrating the match-winning play.

“To be honest I didn’t even know Patty [Richards] was lined up behind me,” Farah said.

“I was just giving the ball to Brooksy. I thought he was going to take the shot. He obviously passed it back to Patty and for us to execute that, especially under pressure, is pleasing to know we can come up with those sorts of plays.”

Brooks might not have taken the snap that gave the Tigers the two points, but the vision and unselfishness to do what was required to get the team over the line was a genuine sign of maturity and development.

Most of the play-makers who have played alongside Farah and Marshall over the years have struggled to voice their authority, but Brooks looks to be the exception.

It’s not only Brooks, however, who is high on confidence after a pre-season under the Jason Taylor regime.

“I don’t want to compare but it’s a really good feel at the moment,” Farah said.

"Everyone is really enjoying coming in and training everyday. Things are going well, everyone is working hard and we’re learning. All the young kids are taking in what JT and the coaching staff are trying to do and believing in the system. I think that shows.

“It hasn’t just been JT coming in. It’s a new strength and conditioning program and coaches and trainers. The way they’ve done things in the gym has been a lot different. The way they’ve done things out on the field is a lot different. It hasn’t just been one person coming in, it’s the overhaul of the whole program.”

As part of that overhaul, the TIgers have also restructured their training and rehabilitation program to try to avoid a repeat of the number of major injuries that plagued the club for the past two seasons.

While Farah admits he’s feeling fresh as a result, he believes the real benefits of the change won’t be seen until the business end of the year.

“That’ll tell over the course of the season,” Farah said.

“Everyone feels good in round one and two, but you’ll start to see the impacts of what we’re doing probably round 15 to round 20 during the hard slog of the year. Hopefully that’s when we’ll start to see the benefits of it later in the season.”

The Tigers got off to a sluggish start in their opening-round match against the Titans, still adapting to Taylor’s game plan.

But Farah insists there were glimpses of brilliance among some of the disharmony, adamant it wouldn’t be long before it all came together.

“JT’s come in with a game plan that’s completely different to what we did last year,” Farah said.

"It’s very structured and very specific to the way he wants to play. We’re learning to adapt to that. You probably saw in round one last week there were times we struggled with it. But you saw at other times it clicked and we looked really good.

“That’s something we’ll continue to work through and it will be weeks before you see us really flowing in attack. We believe in it and once we do finally nail it, it will be pretty.”

http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/wests-tigers/halfback-luke-brooks-proves-hes-the-one-calling-the-shots-at-the-wests-tigers-20150313-142yjs.html

Another fluff piece.

Havent achieved anything this year, struggled to beat an under strength Titans team and the Sharks trial form is now looking very shaky.

As ive said before, shut up untill they win some games.

yeah, im sure everyone would be stoked if the club literally said nothing to the media since 2011. thatd help drum up support 😒 😒

it’s called promotion.

I love the last sentence.

“Once we nail it, it will be pretty”

I’m a tad excited about whats to come…

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Hopefully he is not bipolar (no offence to anyone with a mental illness) like Robbie and Benji.

Chatting to Skando at the members night up the coast I asked him who he thought was his best coach he has seen at the Tigers……without any hesitation he said Sheens by a country mile.

I maybe should have said hopefully his decision making is not as inconsistent as previous playmakers.

I thought Brooks was pretty unimpressive in all areas in Round 1.

He started strong last year but fell right away like the rest of the team.

Every one is keen to say he is the next Andrew Johns, i don’t know if I have seen that that. His kicking game is something that should be better then it has been.

@Eddie:

I thought Brooks was pretty unimpressive in all areas in Round 1.

He started strong last year but fell right away like the rest of the team.

Every one is keen to say he is the next Andrew Johns, i don’t know if I have seen that that. His kicking game is something that should be better then it has been.

It’s a shame Brooks came into grade when the team was and still is such a rabble …
I Rate brooks higher than Kleary from Souths , but Kleary’s made to look like a star because he’s in a strong winning side .
IMO we won’t see the best of Brooks until next year … If we see it at all ??

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I would imagine its very hard coming into a team at 7 that is learning new structures etc., rather than just slotting into something that is ingrained in your other team mates.

We would be wanting to see some improvement by mid-year, but expect us to be very inconsistent for at least the next couple of months.

Look at someone like Adam Reynolds….he is only just starting to come into his own because of great forwards and the presence of other exceptional ball players in Keary and Sutton. Early last year there were doubts about him because all he did was kick and that was after 3yrs in grade.

So if Brooks is controlling games and is starting to run the ball this year, he is 1 yr ahead of Reynolds. Heck, Pearce is still having trouble with it and he has been in grade for 8yrs.

Very hard to expect a 19yr old to win games off his own back at 7. Don’t reckon Joey would have been doing it consistently until 3-4 yrs in.

Give him time and some stability.

For the record Johns was making rep teams in his second year in grade, although it was through the Super League period when quality of rep teams plummetted.

Here’s something for you to read,in my opinion Brooks should spend a year in state cup untill he sorts his defence and confidence out….Drinkwater is a better half…

Go on cut me down in flames I’m ready…l

@TrueTiger:

Here’s something for you to read,in my opinion Brooks should spend a year in state cup untill he sorts his defence and confidence out….Drinkwater is a better half…

Go on cut me down in flames I’m ready…l

No arguments from me , mainly because I’ve never seen Drinkwater play .
Brooks needs to take more control that’s for sure and his kicking game is pretty average from what I’ve seen so far .

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@TrueTiger:

Here’s something for you to read,in my opinion Brooks should spend a year in state cup untill he sorts his defence and confidence out….Drinkwater is a better half…

Go on cut me down in flames I’m ready…l

I disagree , the only way he is going to learn from his mistakes and the speed of the NRL is by playing in 1st Grade .
His defence has improved already was watching him closely last weekend .
If your judging him of the back half of last Season then it wouldn’t be fair on him as our Forwards were not going Forward and the effort wasn’t there .
A whole year in Sate Cup would do no favours for him and just delay our progress and Development.
But your entitled to your opinion.

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