Maguire salutes under-fire Brooks

15 May 2021 12:41:42 GMTPlus10

Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire was delighted to see under-fire halfback Luke Brooks answer his critics in the win over Newcastle Knights.

After suffering five defeats in their last six games the Tigers picked up a much-needed 36-18 win and are now priced at 151.00 to win the NRL grand final.

The whole club has copped some heavy criticism this season but Maguire says Brooks gets it more than most and he cannot understand why.

But he answered his critics in the best way possible when grabbing the opening try before going on to shine throughout the game.

"He was (great) and I hope people realise that I can't believe how much one player can get hammered," Maguire said of Brooks. "He doesn't miss all the tackles ... it's crazy, but to Brooksy's credit (he doesn't let it get to him).

"We (can) back it up again and get to change what people say so let's back it up. We're one week away from being applauded again and one week of the other (being criticised)."

Adam Doueihi who also impressed with two tries after being controversially switched to the centres, feels Brooks is often made the scapegoat when things are not going to plan.

"I don't think it's fair on him, but he doesn't look into it too much and tonight was his best game of the season," he said.

"Really impressed to be honest, I'm a bit different like that, bit angrier and he's a calm factor and his care factor for the group is right up there.

"We knew we had to start winning some games but if we don't back it up next week it means nothing."

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