It took simply 40 minutes for embattled Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire’s choice to change Luke Brooks and Jackson Hastings within the halves to be dubbed a “masterstroke”.
Brooks had only one strive help this season heading into the Round 6 conflict towards the Eels and inside 25 minutes he had two extra to his title.
Brooks arrange the opening strive of the match scored by Luciano Leilua after which he put David Nofoaluma over for the third.
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“The Tigers are tearing this Parramatta defence to shreds,” Fox League commentator Dan Ginnane mentioned.
“Half an hour ago Michael Maguire was about to be sacked and now he’s a genius.
“We came here today with that man Michael Maguire perhaps in his final days, perhaps we’re seeing a resurrection.
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“The Wests Tigers have played what has to be their best 40 minutes of the season.
“If you had to rate the Hastings 6 and Brooks 7 combination well that’s an A+.”
NRL nice Mick Ennis echoed the sentiment.
“It’s Jackson Hastings again, it’s been a masterstroke so far from the coach moving Luke Brooks, who has been halfback at the Tigers for so long, into the No. 6 jersey,” he mentioned.
“Hastings with a beautiful, beautiful kick, pinpoint, and Nofoaluma in full flight, oh yeah he’s enjoying it.
“The reaction from Hastings was priceless, he stood in the backfield after he landed that kick and I think he was looking at Michael Maguire’s coaches box with one finger in the air.
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“Luke Brooks threw a superb cutout pass for the first one.”
Brooks spoke to Fox League as he was strolling off the sphere at halftime.
“Jacko is doing a great job controlling the team and just letting me play off the back of that,” he mentioned.
Cooper Cronk dissected the Tigers’ halves efficiency at halftime.
“The pairing have created more in 40 minutes than the majority of the season so far,” Cronk mentioned.
“Jackson Hastings ball playing has done exactly what Luke Brooks wants, he’s condensed the middle part of the field and allowed Brooks and extra few seconds to make decisions.
“The other part of it is he’s managed the game really well with his kicking.”
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