Pre-season fears Wests Tigers would struggle up front this year have been comprehensively cast aside over the first two NRL rounds, according to halfback Luke Brooks.
After the loss of Martin Taupau, Keith Galloway and Matt Lodge the Tigers did look light up front, and there were genuine fears NSW prop Aaron Woods could be forced to bear too heavy a load.
However the joint venture has dominated the massive Warriors pack and a beefed-up Manly in their undefeated start to the NRL season.
Proof, Brooks said that the Tigers are not soft up front.
“Our forwards have been outstanding. They are running hard, generating quick play the balls and we’re playing off the back of that,” Brooks said.
“It does make it a lot easier with our big men going forward and playing the way they are. It’s good to play behind that pack and I think the reduced interchanges are definitely working in our favour.
“We always knew we had a strong forward pack and they have shown that over the past fortnight.”
The late addition for former NSW prop Tim Grant bolstered the Tigers pack significantly, while Sauaso Sue has been very strong.
“Timmy Grant has been a great addition for us. I think we were missing that one front-rower in the pre-season,” Brooks said.
“He brings a lot of experience and plenty of go-forward. It’s good to have him there up front, and as you can see it’s helping us out.
“Jesse Sue has come into his lock position and he’s doing a great job too. The boys that have come in to cover Marty’s position are doing well. We have every confidence in any player coming in.”