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'I let the boys down': Tiger wants to earn stripes again

Wests Tigers five-eighth Adam Doueihi plans to make Luke Brooks' 150th NRL game on Sunday a memorable one after feeling like he "let the boys down" as he watched from the sidelines last week.

Doueihi will return to the line-up for the clash with the Roosters in Campbelltown after serving a one-match suspension for a shoulder charge offence that rolled over from last season.

The Lebanon international was strong in the side's 52-18 trial win against Manly last month but sat through a frustrating season opener in Canberra on Sunday.

After training the entire pre-season at five-eighth, Doueihi's return will give Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire a first look at what many believe is the side's best playmaking spine.

"I'm quite a passionate kid and pretty competitive, so I sort of let the boys down for the first game of the season which is a pretty big game for us," Doueihi said.

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"I was frustrated but that's all in the past now and I'm looking forward to the next challenge in the Roosters."

Wests Tigers winger David Nofoaluma labelled Doueihi as the "aggressor" of the new-look halves pairing after training on Wednesday and joked he'd never heard Brooks spray a teammate during a game.

Brooks, who was nearby, joked in return Nofoaluma was "on the other side of the field" and "on another planet" in games to be able to hear the playmaker fire up at his teammates.

Doueihi laughed off both comments but agreed he was naturally the more dominant talker between the pair ahead of their first NRL appearance together.

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"He is a nice bloke, I can't say the same about myself," Doueihi said.

"I've always been a pretty dominant figure and Brooksy is more of a controller out there and he needs to pull me into line sometimes.

"I'm sort of spraying everyone and get a bit passionate but you need that from your half, to be calm and level headed so as long as one of us are like that, then we're all right.

"I get too dominant and too aggressive sometimes [but] we have a good connection.

"He'll look after the middles and I'll look after the edges and see what happens. Just for me knowing that I'm owning the No.6 jersey is great confidence for me.

"I played all of my junior footy there so I see it as a second chance for me to nail down that position."

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After making his NRL debut in 2013, Brooks will become the 12th player to reach the 150-game milestone at the Wests Tigers.

"You don't set out individual goals for those sorts of milestones but they're nice when they come around," Brooks said.

"It's a great honour to play 150 for the club, especially at our home ground. I was disappointed after the game [last week] but with a bit of time to reflect on it, there were a few chances we missed.

"We can take plenty of confidence from that game into the Roosters."

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