Brooksy is a great runner, top class broken field player and, to his great credit, has become one of the better defensive halves…
But…he simply can’t seem to control a set that starts in the opposition 20 and put points on. You never see him run into space and create an overlap and put his center in or throw a long cut out ball for his winger to score.
He literally just plays a ball to Lawry, a few settlers and a kick. Over and over.
@ElleryHanley the opposition know they have our outside backs covered for pace and skill. I don’t have any hesitation in stating if we had fast and big wingers and centres the ball would be thrown wide far more often.
The BIG defense for Brooks is that he has never had a pack go forward ‘and’ never had quality centers outside him.
Two vital things for a 7 to excel.
Until he gets them, we will never really know what his level could be.
Well Madden is def the controlling halfback type. In fact tjat is his strength as he showed again yest in nsw cup - he kicks well, he puts guys in right positions, he directs a team. Now he is young and needs another year to develop physically and his game before he is fg ready but he is Benjis replacement and the next half we need.