Benji teaches Eels an NRL lesson

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Benji teaches Eels an NRL lesson

Post by weststigers4life » Sun 17 Feb, 2013 12:28 am

Parramatta's new era under Ricky Stuart melted in the face of a Benji Marshall master class, with the Wests Tigers demolishing last year's wooden spooners 41-4 in an NRL trial match at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday.

The Eels looked every bit as disjointed as at their lowest ebb in 2012 and must be wondering how much off-contract star Jarryd Hayne, who was rested, will be able to fix when he returns.

Parramatta, in their first near full-strength hitout under Stuart, were missing just Hayne and back-rowers Ben Smith (knee) and Reni Maitua (suspension), but were completely outclassed by the crisp Tigers.

So thorough was the mauling, Marshall and Tigers captain Robbie Farah were given early showers after giving Parramatta a bath, with new coach Mick Potter dragging them from the field with half an hour to go.
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It was also a dream debut for Tigers recruit Braith Anasta, who bagged two of the four tries set up by Marshall's magic.

Anasta, the former Sydney Roosters skipper who left the club in acrimonious circumstances at the end of last year, lined up in the backrow and didn't take long to make an impact.

With his first touch, the 31-year-old gleefully accepted a short ball from the man wearing the No.6 jersey Anasta coveted his entire career - and duly crashed over from close range to open the scoring.

Tigers prop Keith Galloway made enormous inroads in the middle of the field against a revamped Eels pack that included new signings Darcy Lussick and Daniel Harrison (both Manly) but lacked enthusiasm or size.

Galloway, comfortably the best forward on the field, split the flimsy Eels defence open with a 30 metre bust before drawing the fullback and setting up Farah for a try.

The match looked over when Tigers flyer Marika Koroibete pounced on an audacious Marshall downfield kick from his own 20m line to race away to send the Eels into the break down 24-0.

But things hardly picked up for Stuart's men in the second half with tries to winger Matt Utai, Blake Ayshford and James Tedesco blowing the scoreline out.

Eels centre Willie Tonga scored the only points for the visitors when he crossed out wide.

Parramatta halfback Chris Sandow had flashes of brilliance, producing one incisive run while forcing a repeat set with a well-weighted grubber.
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Post by happy tiger » Sun 17 Feb, 2013 12:31 am

Good to hear that Keefy was back to his best last night

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Post by Irvine » Sun 17 Feb, 2013 12:35 am

Keefy was on fire. I feel a little more confident about our season after tonight.

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Post by LaT » Sun 17 Feb, 2013 12:55 pm

Great to hear Benji played well.
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Post by BenjiMagic96 » Sun 17 Feb, 2013 1:16 pm

Go Benji, Benji for Dally M! lol
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Post by Goose » Sun 17 Feb, 2013 7:01 pm

remeber last week when he had a bad game in the trial some on hear was proclaiming him to be virtually hopeless

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Post by LaT » Sun 17 Feb, 2013 7:22 pm

Goose wrote:remeber last week when he had a bad game in the trial some on hear was proclaiming him to be virtually hopeless
Yep, sure was hard to miss the half dozen or so threads on it.
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