Brooks looking to one-up Moses in Tigers-Eels clash
By James Buckley & Adrian Proszenko 27 March 2018 — 6:16pm
He already has bragging rights over housemate James Tedesco, and now Luke Brooks is hoping to make it a clean sweep when he takes on Mitchell Moses’s Parramatta Eels on Monday. The three former Tigers teammates are still living together in their Hunters Hill share house despite Moses switching to the Eels midway through last season and Tedesco’s shift to the Sydney Roosters. Moses won initial housemate bragging rights last season when Parramatta downed the Tigers in round 20, but Brooks is eyeing revenge to go with the early and unexpected success he enjoyed in round one this year against Tedesco’s high-powered Roosters.
“It’d be good to get one up over Mitch, last year he got one up over me so hopefully we can return the favour,” Brooks said.
"I’m sure we’ll come up against each other in a tackle some time during the game, I hope so. “We don’t really talk about it too much. In round one with Teddy there was no banter at all to be honest - I was being a good bloke about it.” For Moses there’s even more at stake on Monday - he opted to controversially leave the Tigers last year upon coach Ivan Cleary’s and the Eels’ top-four finish in 2017 looked to be instant validation for changing clubs. But this year has started in horrendous fashion, and Moses’s Eels find themselves propping up the NRL ladder, at risk of starting the year with four straight losses.
“We haven’t been too good the first three weeks in our attack so we’ve got to fix that up," Moses said. "We play one or two plays, then get a penalty on the wrong part of the field. You don’t really want a penalty when you’re attacking their line, it disrupts your attack. "We’ve got to be better at that if those things happen, we have to adapt. We had a few opportunities but need to find that last pass. It’s there, we just need to fix it up.”
Despite the huge difference in fortunes heading into the game, Brooks was expecting a swift form reversal from his good mate and the Eels. “He [Moses] started in that game against Penrith [in round one] and he was playing outstanding and obviously went off with a head knock,” Brooks said. “They haven’t had the best start but they’re a good side and they’ll be trying to hit some form against us so we’ve got to be playing our best footy.”
Monday’s game will be just the second time Brooks has come up against Moses, and the first without Tedesco by his side.
It’s unchartered water for the pair who once made up half of the Tigers’ so called “Big Four” which also included former captain Aaron Woods, now at the Canterbury Bulldogs. Brooks, Moses and Tedesco remain very good friends away from the field, but don’t see as much of each other now they’re all plying their trades for different clubs.
“When we’re all playing together we see each other 24-seven, now we only see each other at nights - it’s probably a better thing,” Brooks said. “When we get home we all don’t want to talk about footy so I guess that’s a good thing about living together. Living with other footy players you want to get away from footy so we’re able to do that once we get home and get away from training.” This week especially, Moses is not interested in talking footy. “I’ll stay well clear of Luke at the moment," Moses said. "We’re pretty relaxed at home, we don’t really talk about footy or look into it that much. He’s one of my best mates, so it won’t be any different.”