Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks said his side’s recent run of form isn’t cause for concern, with an adjustment to the little things required ahead of Saturday’s trip to the nation’s capital.
With just two wins from their past seven games, Wests Tigers have slipped outside the top eight and now sit two points back from the eighth-placed Panthers ahead of two tough road trips in the next fortnight to Canberra and then Newcastle.
But the reigning Dally M Halfback of the Year said there was no need for panic just yet, stating that it was the little things his side needed to improve on most.
“I think it’s just the little things in the game at the moment,” Brooks said.
"They’re the things that are costing us and becoming big things.
"We’ve got to get on top of it. We’re still a good chance to make the finals and we’ve got to concentrate on playing good football.
“It all starts again this week against Canberra but we’ll definitely be up for it.”
Having come off second best when the two sides met earlier this year, Brooks noted that he’d seen some strong improvements in attack in the weeks since that game and highlighted that continued adjustments were taking his side forward.
“Again, it was the little things that cost us in that one,” Brooks reflected.
"We were having a play off and they ended up scoring some tries off the back of it.
“We’ll need to fix that all up but since our last meet, our attack has been a lot better. I thought on the weekend that our attack was pretty good; it was just our ball handling and too many errors that were what cost us in the end.”
Despite the tough run of form, Wests Tigers remain just one win outside the top eight heading in to the final two months of the season, with Brooks emphasising that his side still had a great chance to get the job done in these crucial games.
“You need to win every game — simple as that," he said.
"If you start winning games you start building belief and momentum that can help kick start the second half of the season.
“Similarly to the team, my form has been up and down and I know I can play a lot better than what I have been.
“It’s something I keep working hard at training to get me there.”
Match: Raiders v Wests Tigers
ROUND 18 - SATURDAY 20TH JULY