Luke Brooks

@happy_tiger - who’d go after those two. I think the Cronulla half is pretty good but Brooks is a better runner of the footy. I’d put Brooks above Moses, Cleary and Maloney at the moment. Those guys aren’t dud players.

@Spud_Murphy said in Luke Brooks:

Keary and Reynolds are the only 2 threats to the incumbent halves as far as I’m concerned - they are streets ahead of all others, with Townsend next in line.

Sadly, I think Fittler will stick with Maloney and Cleary, neither of which deserve it, tho he might throw in Keary in place of Maloney because his form is just too hard to ignore…plus he’s a Rooster. I reckon that Fittler will bank on Cleary, at least, stepping up and finding some form in a different team environment. It’s not like it hasn’t happened before. Some of the previous incumbents that have been chosen, when completely out of form with their club, have gone on to have a great Origin series.

Cody Walker is the best or second best half on form this year, and no one is rating him, he would be a way in front of Brooks as far as selection I would imagine, Brooks while doing ok is not origin ready.

How come at times we talk about 7’s and 6’s yet other times we talk about halves as a combination…

To me Walker and Keary are 5/8th’s then other times the number on their back doesn’t seem to mean anything…

I agree with @851 Reynolds and Walker are probably the best halves combo in the Comp at the moment but Reynolds has been there before and not really stood up at that level and Keary’s form is just too hard to ignore…would he work with Walker not sure but if they did wow…look out Queensland…

Brooks just needs to keep flukin it for us…

@bigsiro said in Luke Brooks:

Line engagements: for his 71 engagements (top in NRL) he has only broken the line once (!!!)

There’s a difference between line engagements and runs, right? Most of Brooks’ possessions he is trying to engage defenders not go for solo line-breaks. He’s taking the ball right to the teeth of the defence.

And frankly I struggle to recall the last (or any?) true line-breaking specialist halfback. Maybe Thurston in his early days with the show-and-go. HBs are mostly distributing and their receipts are always straight off the ruck, so how are they expected to be creating line breaks all by themselves (rarely do halfbacks get put into gaps).

Re his missed tackles - plenty of top class halves have horror defending stats, e.g. Thurston and Maloney the last few years. Point I think is clear that as long as your halfback keeps himself out of the pack of worst defenders, he’s doing his defensive job. Oppositions run traffic at halves all game. And doubly on point considering that Brooks has transformed from real liability to defensive rock.

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@trentrunciman said in Luke Brooks:

he’s the next ANDREW JOHNS people!

I’m of the firm belief we should have focused on keeping Moses but nothing we could really do there i guess.

Hope not!

If I was out there defending my line in the 78th minute, I’d want Brooks beside me. I’d want Moses in the grandstand selling coffee.

moses wont be selling coffe… he will be in the toilets handing people towels to wash their hands

He would be very handy at Leichhardt Oval.

@Geo said in Luke Brooks:

How come at times we talk about 7’s and 6’s yet other times we talk about halves as a combination…

To me Walker and Keary are 5/8th’s then other times the number on their back doesn’t seem to mean anything…

I agree with @851 Reynolds and Walker are probably the best halves combo in the Comp at the moment but Reynolds has been there before and not really stood up at that level and Keary’s form is just too hard to ignore…would he work with Walker not sure but if they did wow…look out Queensland…

Brooks just needs to keep flukin it for us…

I would pick Keary and Walker, Keary played 7 plenty of times for easts, he played 7 the whole time Cronk was injured.

@851 said in Luke Brooks:

I would pick Keary and Walker, Keary played 7 plenty of times for easts, he played 7 the whole time Cronk was injured.

I reckon these are the best NSW SOO halves. I forgot about Walker. He is quality. I’d go with them on form.

@851 Yeah I would also go with 6. Walker and 7. Keary (Matterson at 14 in case Walker’s defence is exposed in Origin and if it’s not then Matterson can do a job pretty much anywhere on the park).

Behind that would be Reynolds then probably Cleary (both for their kicking) and then Townsend and Brooks.

@851 said in Luke Brooks:

@Spud_Murphy said in Luke Brooks:

Keary and Reynolds are the only 2 threats to the incumbent halves as far as I’m concerned - they are streets ahead of all others, with Townsend next in line.

Sadly, I think Fittler will stick with Maloney and Cleary, neither of which deserve it, tho he might throw in Keary in place of Maloney because his form is just too hard to ignore…plus he’s a Rooster. I reckon that Fittler will bank on Cleary, at least, stepping up and finding some form in a different team environment. It’s not like it hasn’t happened before. Some of the previous incumbents that have been chosen, when completely out of form with their club, have gone on to have a great Origin series.

Cody Walker is the best or second best half on form this year, and no one is rating him, he would be a way in front of Brooks as far as selection I would imagine, Brooks while doing ok is not origin ready.

My bad I forgot about Walker! Change my first sentence to Keary & Reynolds, Walker next, then Townsend then daylight.

Do you pick two halves pretty much out of form?

Personally I wouldn’t. + the fact Maloney is at the end of his career, we need to look at the future.

I’d go for Keary as half - walker for 5/8 na! don’t think so, weak in defence. Reynolds chokes at this level, great kicking game but that is it (cupboard is then empty).

So maybe a Townsend / Keary combo - with Townsend also a kicker.

@Russell said in Luke Brooks:

Reynolds chokes at this level, great kicking game but that is it

You could say the same about Cleary. Reynolds is more experienced and has an even better kicking game.

It’s obviously not official but the NSW team lineup was leaked today. It’s Keary at 6 and Reynolds at 7.

@upthetigers said in Luke Brooks:

@Russell said in Luke Brooks:

Reynolds chokes at this level, great kicking game but that is it

You could say the same about Cleary. Reynolds is more experienced and has an even better kicking game.

It’s obviously not official but the NSW team lineup was leaked today. It’s Keary at 6 and Reynolds at 7.

Leaked where?

@upthetigers Well I hope it wasn’t a leak , but a little drip.

Reynolds! - oh! Well - there goes SOO.

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