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Brooks ready to step up in Farah's absence

He's just a cub, but Luke Brooks says he's primed to take over chief growling duties in the absence of injured Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah.
Brooks ready to step up in Farah's absence
by AAP

By Roje Adaimy

SYDNEY, April 22 AAP - He's just a cub, but Luke Brooks says he's primed to take over chief growling duties in the absence of injured Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah.

The 19-year-old impressed his coach, teammates and plenty of fans in Monday's 21-18 win over Parramatta with his level-headedness in what proved to be an epic NRL match.

He showed the utmost composure to slot the match-winning field goal with three minutes left on the clock, after getting the tick of approval from stand-in captain and halves partner Braith Anasta.

"I think we got the ball 50 out, so we were just setting up for it and we looked at each other and we go `who wants it?'" Brooks said on Tuesday.

"He said `yeah, you take it'.

"We just set up like we do at training and luckily it went over.

"I felt pretty calm because we've practiced it before at training."

Coach Mick Potter praised the youngster - already tipped as a future NSW Origin representative - for his ability to cope with the occasion in front of more than 50,000 people.

"He takes it in his stride. If he was playing park footy he would be the same. It really doesn't faze him. He's good to coach and he's good to watch," Potter said post-match.

With Farah sidelined for up to six weeks with an elbow injury, Brooks said the NSW hooker had urged him to speak up and not be afraid to call the shots without him.

"He said I needed to step up with him being out," the halfback said.

"(He said) me and Braith needed to take control of the team. But I think we've got to improve a bit on that.

"It gives me confidence having my teammates have confidence in me, and the coaching staff.

"It really helps a lot."

Brooks, who has only played eight NRL games, said he paid little notice of the hype surrounding his rising status in the game - so much so that he didn't even know he'd made the back page of a Sydney newspaper on Tuesday.

"I probably won't pick up the paper today," he laughed.

"I guess just reading it I might get ahead of myself, so I try not to read that stuff."

The Tigers sit second on the ladder with five wins in seven games, and on Monday face the Gold Coast who've also only dropped two games this year.




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