I'm now ready to say it. We absolutely dismantled Manly yesterday; the first half was close to the most perfect half of football I've seen in the 18-and-a-bit years of the Wests Tigers. Tommy Turbo (who is an absolute gun) was completely shutdown. Ditto his brother. Ditto Taupau. Ditto DCE. Their two tries in the second half came from, admittedly, one pretty soft missed tackle and the other from a pretty brilliant passage of play culminating in a grubber being put through to the corner on the run. Difficult to defend against that. This is without two of our key International players: Elijah Taylor and Russell Packer. Brooks is in a purple patch. His kicking game is exquisite, he's hitting and sticking in his tackles. I can go on waxing lyrical but I'm now convinced that we'll be playing finals football come September. Admittedly there's a long way to go and we haven't played any of the top 3 teams yet but Cleary has the boys well-drilled, playing for each other and up for every single game so far.