August 13, 2022

Michael Maguire drops Luke Brooks as chief playmaker and offers Jackson Hastings the highest job as he chops and modifications searching for first win of 2022

  • Maguire had backed Brooks by way of horrible run of type to start out 2022 season 
  • Now coach has reportedly taken management of the crew away from the halfback
  • Jackson Hastings can be Wests’ chief playmaker in opposition to the Parramatta Eels 

Embattled Tigers coach Michael Maguire has reportedly made an enormous change to his facet by taking the playmaking duties away from Luke Brooks and giving them to Jackson Hastings. 

Wests are the one winless facet within the NRL in 2022 and turned in a stunning efficiency as they went down 30-4 to Cronulla on Sunday, growing the strain on Maguire and Brooks, who has been harshly criticised for his poor type to this point this yr.

Hastings made a right away affect with the Tigers earlier than being suspended for 3 video games over a harmful throw within the facet’s loss to Newcastle in spherical two.

A dejected Luke Brooks is pictured after the Tigers’ woeful 30-4 loss to Cronulla on Sunday, which seems to have modified coach Michael Maguire’s thoughts concerning the half

Now Fox Sports activities has reported that Maguire is giving management of the facet to the five-eighth for his or her match in opposition to high-flying Parramatta on Easter Monday.

The coach has repeatedly defended Brooks throughout the Tigers’ terrible begin to 2022, saying the No.7’s ‘dedication to what he does is second to none’ and, ‘I believe if anybody can deal with it, Brooksy can.’

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Nevertheless it seems Wests’ dismal attacking show in opposition to Cronulla – through which they by no means seemed like scoring till Ken Maumalo went over within the 79th minute after taking an intercept – has modified his thoughts.

The swap doesn’t imply Brooks has been dropped – but it surely does imply Hastings will determine the best way to steer the facet across the park and get to name the performs.

Jackson Hastings (pictured being tackled against Newcastle in round two) excelled in Britain's Super League and made an immediate impact with Wests before being suspended

Jackson Hastings (pictured being tackled in opposition to Newcastle in spherical two) excelled in Britain’s Tremendous League and made a right away affect with Wests earlier than being suspended

Earlier than coming to the Tigers within the offseason Hastings starred in Britain’s Tremendous League, successful the Man of Metal award because the competitors’s finest participant in 2019 whereas enjoying for the Salford Pink Devils.

He then scored 13 tries in 46 video games for the Wigan Warriors from 2020 to 2021.