Wests Tigers centre Kevin Naiqama says while the injury to halfback Luke Brooks is unfortunate, it won't derail his side's hopes at a top eight finish.
Brooks was ruled out for three to five weeks after sustaining a knee injury in the Club's last start win over the Parramatta Eels — unfortunate timing for the Club given the playmaker's growing combination with young guns Mitchell Moses and James Tedesco in recent weeks.
But according to Naiqama, while the halfback's loss will be felt by the team, he remained confident in his side's ability to continue their recent form and keep pushing to the finals.
"It's a massive blow for us," Naiqama conceded at training today.
"I didn't realise how bad it was during the game until half-time when I learned he wasn't coming back out for the second half of the game.
"But in saying that, Mitch [Moses] did a really good job in his absence," he said.
"He got told at half-time that he was going to have to step up and I think he did a great job leading us around and getting us there to victory.
"It's tough to lose someone in that position, but we didn't panic. We know there's a process to go through to cover for that and we know there's enough talent here to get the win.
"The football that we've played the last two months, there's no reason why we can't keep improving and get the job done this weekend against the Cowboys."
See what Kevin had to say about this week's team and more in the video above!