Benji Marshall comes up against Wests Tigers

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Benji Marshall comes up against Wests Tigers

Post by jctiger » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 2:29 am

By MICHAEL CHAMMAS
SMH July 21
It is the day no one saw coming: Benji Marshall versus the Wests Tigers.

He pledged never to line up against the club he led to premiership glory in 2005 but, after a short and unsuccessful stint in rugby union, the one-time poster boy of the Tigers will do battle with his former team for the first time at ANZ Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

For the most part of a decade, he and Tigers skipper Robbie Farah were the face of the joint venture.

And while Marshall's break-up with the club at the end of last season was met with mixed reactions from the Tigers faithful, Farah is hoping he gets the respect he deserves from the supporters after the legacy he left at the club he made his debut with as a teenager back in 2003.

"I'm not too sure, but I'd like to think he'll still get a good reception from our supporters," Farah said.

"The way it all finished probably left a sour taste with some of the fans. But regardless of that he still left a great legacy at this club and that's what he should be remembered for. [His legacy is] not tarnished in my eyes but that's something you'd have to ask the fans.

"While his last 12 months he'd be the first to admit it wasn't his best footy, but what he achieved at this club ... we had a gala night the other night with the team of the 15 years and he's a big part of that. In another 15 years I have no doubt it will take a pretty special player to knock him out of that side. That's what he should be remembered for."

On a perfect Sunday afternoon at the Sydney Cricket Ground last year, the Tigers marked the changing of a guard when they switched Marshall to the centres to accommodate for the debut of Luke Brooks against St George Illawarra.

It is ironic that almost a year later, Marshall finds himself in opposition colours up against the player who has been earmarked as the successor to the former face of the merged club.

"It was obviously a dream of mine to play with him, but I think it will be weird to play against him," Brooks said.

"It'll be pretty special. It's going to be a tough one for us because he's a great player and has really hit his form now. You always thought he'd stay with the Tigers but it didn't turn out that way. It'll be pretty weird, especially with the boys who played him for a long time. But that's footy and that happens these days."

Farah admits he expected to finish his career alongside Marshall but holds no grudges against the 29-year-old, who he insists will have a point to prove come Sunday afternoon in what is a pivotal clash in the finals hopes of both teams.

"I just never saw the day coming," Farah said.

"I always expected we'd play out our careers together. I still remember when he called me to tell me that he's made his decision to leave. But we move on from that. We supported his decision at the time and we still support him. He's obviously not a teammate any more but he's still a mate. Regardless of that, next week for the 80 minutes there are no mates on the field and we'll be trying to get the two points as they will. That's what footy is about, then after the game you shake hands and you're mates again.

"It wasn't nice the way it ended for him. I know he would have wanted to play his career out at the Tigers. he probably never saw the day coming, and he even went on record saying he never wanted to play against the Tigers but due to circumstances with things not working out for him at rugby, that's the way it has panned out. There's no doubt he'll be wanting to get one up against us."

Then there's Mitch Moses, who Marshall texted before his NRL debut three weeks ago to congratulate him on his achievement.

"Benji taught me a lot when he was at the club," Moses said.

"He was a big influence on me. He'd always pull me aside and give me a few pointers on my game and stuff. He was a pretty big influence on my development.

"He was a role model to me. When I came into the top squad that first year, he was a big influence on my football. He was a lot of help. He contacted me before I made my debut and said congratulations and that I deserved it. I thought that was pretty good of him to send me a text."

What the Tigers fans are saying

COOMENTS FROM THE WESTS TIGERS FORUM

TIGERS: Nothing wrong with burning an ex. Part of moving on. He will play a blinder next week don't worry about that.

Newtown: Get ready for a lot of attempted miracle passes.

Eye Of Da Tiger: I reckon there will be a few banners around that park saying something about Benji. Should be funny. As long as we win Benji can get man of the match. It's only the result that counts

HUGH JARSE: I have had it with this forum , I can not beleive all the tossers baging Benji after what he has done for the Tigers. GROW UP. All you do is whinge and bag players like a bunch of [automatically edited] school girls. I am embarresed as a true Tigers supporter to be on here.

diedpretty: Benji was the Tigers for a number of years - yep he achieved what he wanted and stayed on too long - so what. Benji of 2014 is a far different player to the one that left here - whether that is due to ego or poor coaching we will not know. I for one hope he plays well against us - just not well enough to win though

hobbo2803: We need to target Benchy's paper mâché shoulders

Milky: Send Taupau, Gavet, Ava, Woods and Galloway at him all day.

This guy is obviously hard up for a story. Quoting posters from the forum.
Way to go boys !


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Post by Paris Cobbs » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 2:56 am

The Dragons lost today but he scored one try and had two try assists.

I hope he plays well and shuts up his critics. (And we win.)
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Post by weststigers » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 6:13 am

Can't believe they're quoting the forum! Desperate stuff.

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Post by willow » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 6:43 am

I am stunned, our humble little forum has hit the big league. I need to lie down.

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Post by Tigerdon » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 7:09 am

I think more main stream newspapers should be quoting Milky on a whole range of topics. From politics to food and fashion the SHM should have Milky's comments quoted. Don't limit Milky's wisdom to just NRL.
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Post by happy tiger » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 8:12 am

willow wrote:I am stunned, our humble little forum has hit the big league. I need to lie down.
:lol:
Who the hell is Hugh Jarse ??

Kudos boys , we have cracked the big time and Milky will be star :shock:

Don't worry Willow , they are doing the same next week with a Gavet story and they will quote your hair comments ;)

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Post by larrycorowa » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 9:26 am

I'm with Milky on this one....the only reception he deserves is to send Woods, galloway, gavet, taupau and sirro at him all night.

Plenty of switches back to the short blind side with a straight runner trying to find him out. Smash his runners and when they are not running anymore smash him as he starts running sideways.

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Post by Tigerdave » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 9:48 am

quoting from the forum..............I guess that's easier than hitting the streets and finding supporters the old fashioned way

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Post by DavidDuncan » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 10:08 am

Our humble forum on the big stage.
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Post by jirskyr » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 1:57 pm

Unfortunately none of the forum comments actually made the paper, must have only been the online version of the article. Irrefutable proof, however, that journos read these forums.

I am impressed that hobbo2803 included the inflection marks on "mâché".

I just hope we run at Benji all day, like Milky said, he was still at his turnstile best on Monday. It will be weird if we are on the happy end of missed tackles and wayward passes from Benji.

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Post by Demps » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 8:03 pm

#MILKY
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Post by Milky » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 8:22 pm

I AM FAMOUS! #4 #the #h8ers

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Post by Tigerdon » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 9:03 pm

:righton: Yep. See u at the Logies.
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Post by PYMBLEPETE » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 9:08 pm

Tigerdon wrote:I think more main stream newspapers should be quoting Milky on a whole range of topics. From politics to food and fashion the SHM should have Milky's comments quoted. Don't limit Milky's wisdom to just NRL.
That's funny Tigerdon!

I couldn't believe it when I saw the forum quoted this morning. Might be a bit of quiet competition to see who can make it into the press next!

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Post by LaT » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 9:41 pm

Well at least they didn't quote from LU.
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Post by Eye Of Da Tiger » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 9:59 pm

They probably get the Potter and many other stories from here as well. We are the leek. Keep it up boys.

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Post by foreveratiger » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 10:09 pm

What a classic , Milky your a classic :lol: :master:
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Post by foreveratiger » Tue 22 Jul, 2014 10:10 pm

Eye Of Da Tiger wrote:They probably get the Potter and many other stories from here as well. We are the leek. Keep it up boys.
Well at least we now know that we keep these Journos employed ;) :lol:
It depends who you talk to on this Forum, if you are Optimistic? it's because your delusional and need a reality check. If you are Pessimistic? Your accused of being a negative Nancy and to go and follow another Club.

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