Marshall backs Lolohea move to No.1

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Marshall backs Lolohea move to No.1

Post by Masterton » Wed 29 Nov, 2017 7:28 pm

Benji Marshall has hailed Tui Lolohea's World Cup campaign and says he shapes as the answer to the Wests Tigers' fullback conundrum.

Marshall described Lolohea as being Tonga's second best player, only behind powerhouse forward Jason Taumalolo, during their dream World Cup campaign which ended after Saturday's heart-breaking semi-final loss to England.

Playing at five-eighth, Lolohea guided Mate Ma'a to within touching distance of a dream finals appearance.

While his kicking, fifth-tackle options and game management was sometimes lacking during the World Cup, his explosiveness and game-breaking ability was on show.

After playing in the No.6 position since his mid-season arrival at the Tigers this year, he is expected to move into fullback next season to cover the loss of James Tedesco.

"I think he's had an outstanding World Cup," Marshall said of his new teammate after watching him closely as part of the Channel 7 World Cup commentary team.

"There was always going to be a lot of pressure around how their halves were going to go. But you could see the confidence he took into the World Cup.

"For me he was in their top-two players after Jason (Taumalolo). That's exciting for us because I don't think there's many better ball runners in the game than Tui. Hopefully he can bring that back here."

With Luke Brooks, Marshall and Josh Reynolds established in the halves, Lolohea is expected to shift to the back.

Coach Ivan Cleary has options after Kevin Naiqama starred at fullback for Fiji during the World Cup, however winger David Nofoaluma has ruled himself out of contention.

He played 21 games for the Warriors at fullback between 2015-17 and Marshall said he had the makings of a great No.1.

"I don't know who Ivan's got pencilled in for that role. I was assuming he would go back there with Josh coming here," Marshall said.

"He could definitely make the transition and I know he's played there at the Warriors before. He's just one of those guys who can play anywhere really."



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Post by innsaneink » Wed 29 Nov, 2017 8:33 pm

Well....I guess he doesnt want him near the halves

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Post by Nelson » Wed 29 Nov, 2017 8:35 pm

innsaneink wrote:
Wed 29 Nov, 2017 8:33 pm
Well....I guess he doesnt want him near the halves
Yeah he'll be telling us how good a hooker Josh Reynolds would be next...

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Post by LCA » Wed 29 Nov, 2017 8:40 pm

Gosh, he's grown up our Benj. I am super impressed with his humble and thankful demeanor in his World Cup commentary and the vid on the WT site. I'm not sure who's responsible....maybe a loving wife/partner...or perhaps the lingering afterglow of Wayne Bennett, but hell, he sure is feeling fine in his own skin right now. That can only be a big asset for the club in 2018 and beyond.

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Post by Geo. » Wed 29 Nov, 2017 8:43 pm

Benji on the selection committee..?
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2. The Star of the Team is the Team
3. Be the player your teammates want to play with..


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Post by Spud Murphy » Wed 29 Nov, 2017 9:18 pm

Geo. wrote:
Wed 29 Nov, 2017 8:43 pm
Benji on the selection committee..?

I guess we won't be pursuing RTS then, Benji has spoken.

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Post by willow » Thu 30 Nov, 2017 1:50 am

Well he's not saying anything we don't already know, but the way he handles himself in front of the camera, he's very adept.

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Post by innsaneink » Thu 30 Nov, 2017 5:34 am

willow wrote:
Thu 30 Nov, 2017 1:50 am
Well he's not saying anything we don't already know, but the way he handles himself in front of the camera, he's very adept.
Never has been lacking in confidence

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Post by supercoach » Thu 30 Nov, 2017 7:41 am

Benji’s doing what he was signed for....generating publicity, anything he produces on the field is a bonus

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Post by TrueTiger » Thu 30 Nov, 2017 12:03 pm

innsaneink wrote:
Thu 30 Nov, 2017 5:34 am
willow wrote:
Thu 30 Nov, 2017 1:50 am
Well he's not saying anything we don't already know, but the way he handles himself in front of the camera, he's very adept.
Never has been lacking in confidence
He has always had confidence for sure Ink,and I have to back what he is saying about Tui,he will give a great sight at the back next year,Tui looks to be getting better as he goes along especially under Ivans coaching...anyway Im looking forward to next season with excitement just to see what Ivan can produce from the new players in our squad...
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Post by barra » Thu 30 Nov, 2017 3:09 pm

Masterton wrote:
Wed 29 Nov, 2017 7:28 pm


While his kicking, fifth-tackle options and game management was sometimes lacking during the World Cup, his explosiveness and game-breaking ability was on show.


http://www.nrl.com/marshall-backs-loloh ... fault.aspx
Sounds like a fullback to me, rather than a #6

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Post by GNR4LIFE » Thu 30 Nov, 2017 5:37 pm

He's finally grown up and left his ego at the door. Better late than never.

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Post by magpiecol » Fri 01 Dec, 2017 3:22 pm

GNR4LIFE wrote:
Thu 30 Nov, 2017 5:37 pm
He's finally grown up and left his ego at the door. Better late than never.
A big ego never did his playing skills any harm.

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Post by GNR4LIFE » Fri 01 Dec, 2017 3:25 pm

magpiecol wrote:
Fri 01 Dec, 2017 3:22 pm
GNR4LIFE wrote:
Thu 30 Nov, 2017 5:37 pm
He's finally grown up and left his ego at the door. Better late than never.
A big ego never did his playing skills any harm.

:bash
That's debateable.

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Post by Cosimo_Zaretti » Fri 01 Dec, 2017 8:46 pm

Nelson wrote:
Wed 29 Nov, 2017 8:35 pm
innsaneink wrote:
Wed 29 Nov, 2017 8:33 pm
Well....I guess he doesnt want him near the halves
Yeah he'll be telling us how good a hooker Josh Reynolds would be next...
And how a spell in NSW cup might do Luke Brooks some good.

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Post by Doc Tiger » Fri 08 Dec, 2017 9:09 am

GNR4LIFE wrote:
Fri 01 Dec, 2017 3:25 pm
magpiecol wrote:
Fri 01 Dec, 2017 3:22 pm
GNR4LIFE wrote:
Thu 30 Nov, 2017 5:37 pm
He's finally grown up and left his ego at the door. Better late than never.
A big ego never did his playing skills any harm.

:bash
That's debateable.
No, never harmed his skills, but it affected his decision making immensely.

I can't wait to see Tui in the fullback roll. During the World Cup he seemed to be trimmed significantly. Things are looking up

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