Older, wiser, bigger: Luke Brooks hitting top gear under Maguire

Older, wiser, bigger: Luke Brooks hitting top gear under Maguire
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Chris Kennedy
NRL.com Reporter
Timestamp
Sun 28 Apr 2019, 01:01 PM
Chris Kennedy
Ryan Matterson earned the man of the match award in Tamworth on Saturday night, but the man in the Wests Tigers’ No.7 jersey had just as much to say in the outcome of the match.

Luke Brooks was immense in his side’s 30-14 win over the Titans but steering the team around the park wasn’t the only thing he offered.

He also handled everything that was thrown at his edge, putting on some pretty heavy shots for good measure.

He earned some solid praise from his coach but was reluctant to take much of the credit when speaking to NRL.com.

On his defensive improvement, he said it was mostly down to some gruelling work over the summer.

“That’s just from working hard on it in the pre-season, we’ve done a lot of wrestling and stuff like that but I think it comes with age too,” Brooks said.

Match Highlights: Wests Tigers v Titans

Match Highlights: Wests Tigers v Titans
“Coming in, halves are obviously smaller but once you get a bit older you get a bit stronger and I think that’s helped me so far.”

The injury-forced departure of Josh Reynolds forced to take charge of proceedings on his own. It sat well with the 24-year-old.

“[Losing Josh Reynolds early] didn’t help but I thought Matto [Ryan Matterson] did a good job filling in at five-eighth and I knew I had to take control so it wasn’t too bad,” Brooks said.

“He grew up as a five-eighth so he obviously knows what he’s doing, he played plenty of five-eighth in his time so he certainly did well there and I think he’s playing some good footy.”

Fonua fires with hat-trick in Tamworth

Fonua fires with hat-trick in Tamworth
Despite the team’s poor start to the game – and following from last week’s runaway 51-6 loss to the Eels – Brooks never felt they were out of the contest.

“It wasn’t the best start to the game but once we got the control back I thought we played pretty well,” he said.

"There’s still a couple of errors we need to fix up but I think our defence was good when they had the ball on our line, we kept turning them away so that was good signs for us.

“I was pretty confident we could still win the game, even at 14-0 down I thought if we held the ball and built a bit of pressure we could score a couple of tries and that’s what we did so it was good we didn’t panic, we could have easily gone into our shell.”

Brooks also praised the packed and parochial Tamworth crowd, who were in full voice during the side’s comeback.

“I loved it; we came out here last year too, there are quite a few Tigers fans out here so it was good,” he said.

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Massive eye roll here.🙄

Luke had a great game and probably deserved at least a point from me in the 321 thread, but decided to put our minus most of his knee strapping captain and the mullet cut winger that flew through to ground Luke’s grubber, ahead of him.

McQueen worked well with Brooks and felt they looked a lot safer than his defensive combination with Garner before his concussion, who I suspect was on his last chance in that match following some poor missed tackles that lead to tries in previous weeks.

@bigsiro said in Older, wiser, bigger: Luke Brooks hitting top gear under Maguire:

Massive eye roll here.🙄

Dally Messenger would turn in his grave if he knew…
Lol

we certainly didn’t win the match because of Luke brooks “taking control”.

Yea right

Oh yeah, the club is really going to shop him around aren’t they 😂

@TheDaBoss said in Older, wiser, bigger: Luke Brooks hitting top gear under Maguire:

kept

he played well last week. This round will be a big challenge for Brooks. Personally I think he went better under the last coach than this years one.

My god they write some over blown pieces about this guy.

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@The_Patriot said in Older, wiser, bigger: Luke Brooks hitting top gear under Maguire:

My god they write some over blown pieces about this guy.

I was at the game, and his defence was good, but his kicks were poor, apart from the last one, his touch finders after a penalty were pathetic, Roberts was making easily twice as many metres with his kicks.
Also his general play kicks were bad, my father a doggies supporter was with me, and he said you need a new kicker, he is ordinary

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He is as ploddy as they come. There is no changing this. An average halfback at best.

@Honkylips I’d put him above average but below the top halves even though he was Dally M halfback of the year last season.

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