Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire says he made the choice to shift Luke Brooks to five-eighth to guard the maligned NRL playmaker from extra criticism, a transfer Michael Ennis hailed as a ‘masterstroke’.
Brooks appeared shorn of confidence after the Tigers began the 12 months with five-straight losses and was moved from halfback to five-eighth to accommodate the return of Jackson Hastings from suspension.
The pair had a hand in the entire Tigers’ tries, with Hastings kicking the game-winning subject aim of their 21-20 victory over Parramatta at Commbank Stadium.
Luke Brooks was moved to five-eight within the Tigers’ gorgeous 21-20 win over the Eels
Brooks had solely performed 4 video games as an No. 6 earlier than Easter Monday.
However Maguire mentioned Brooks, who completed the sport with two attempt assists, was higher suited to choosing his moments and being allowed to play with out expectation.
‘Brooksy, for nonetheless lengthy, has been bashed,’ he mentioned.
‘Everybody places quite a lot of focus across the No. 7.
Wests coach Michael Maguire mentioned the tactical swap was made as he wished to guard the under-pressure Brooks from extra criticism
‘I felt it was the correct time for Brooksy to have a few of that chatter taken away as a result of everyone knows what he’s able to.’
Talking on Fox League, Michael Ennis praised Maguire’s resolution to change Brooks to five-eight as a ‘masterstroke’ for the Tigers.
‘It’s been a masterstroke so removed from the coach shifting Luke Brooks, who has been halfback on the Tigers for therefore lengthy, into the No.6 jersey,’ he mentioned.
‘Hastings is taking part in that pivotal function and calling the pictures and Brooks delivering out the again because the second receiver. […] It [the combination of Brooks and Hastings] has been excellent […] some good performs from each of them combining.’
The transfer paid off as Brooks linked up superbly with Jackson Hastings within the halves
With Hastings kicking a match-winning subject aim as time expired to elevate Wests to a 21-20 win over the Eels because the Tigers clinched their first win of the season
After the sport, Brooks conceded each him and Maguire had been underneath intense strain and hope the win over the Eels would show to be a turning level.
‘I assume it simply reveals that once we’re at our greatest, we are able to match it with anybody,’ he mentioned.
In the meantime, Hastings urged critics to get off Brooks’ again after the Tigers star shone after being shifted to five-eight.
Michael Ennis (proper) hailed Maguire’s transfer as a ‘masterstroke’ by the Tigers coach
‘Luke Brooks […] get off his again for every week. What a efficiency,’ he advised 9.
‘These are the video games you wish to play in, the large video games, and as a membership we have to maintain pushing to play in these huge video games in direction of the top of the 12 months. It [winning] is an infectious feeling. There’s a couple of boys within the facet which have been fortunate sufficient to play finals, and play internationals and Origins.
‘However we wish the entire membership to get there, we wish to be constant. We have to maintain constructing on this and string some wins collectively.’