Shattered Benji looks on bright side after injury

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Shattered Benji looks on bright side after injury

Post by willow » Mon 20 Jun, 2011 7:25 am

Shattered Benji looks on bright side after injury
Glenn Jackson
June 20, 2011


FEW will know what winning the Ironman award last season meant to Wests Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall. But his chances of securing it for a second time appear to have been dashed after he was injured against Melbourne yesterday.

Having been through so many injuries during his career, Marshall regarded winning the award, for playing every game last season, as one of the highlights of his career.

Marshall's latest knee injury, suffered early in the second half in the Tigers' 12-4 loss to the Storm, is not deemed a serious one by the club's medical staff but he is almost certainly out of the side to face the Bulldogs on Friday night.

''It's pretty shattering,'' Marshall said last night. ''The last game I missed was against the Bulldogs as well, a couple of years ago. What can I do?''

Marshall will have scans today, with the likelihood being that he has suffered a low-grade medial ligament strain. ''It's definitely not an ACL,'' he said of the more serious anterior cruciate ligament injury. This was backed up by the Tigers' doctor, Donald Kuah, who insisted: ''It's not a big one.''

Marshall suffered the injury on the hour, having been flung awkwardly by Melbourne's Justin O'Neill. He battled on for several minutes before succumbing, and watched the rest of the match from the sideline with ice on the joint.

That the Tigers have the bye following the clash with the Bulldogs should ensure Marshall is given a rest at an opportune time.

''It just felt sore,'' he said. ''It didn't feel too bad. I could still run but when I stepped it hurt a bit. It wasn't worth risking it by staying on. I think I'll miss this week - it's not a hundred per cent, but it's more than likely.

''They're pretty confident it's medial. It just depends what grade.''

The Tigers admitted they lost their way without Marshall on the field. The combination of Robert Lui and Tim Moltzen, which is likely to be the halves pairing on Friday night in Marshall's absence, was unable to break down Melbourne's defence.

''We had our chances,'' skipper Robbie Farah said. ''We just seemed to be panicking when we got down attacking the opposition try line, instead of sticking to our structure, and played just too much ad lib [football]. Against a team like Melbourne … they just eat that up.

''Losing Benji didn't help. He might not be there next week, so that's something we've got to work on.

''We didn't give up, by any means. Losing one of your halves doesn't help. We had our chances. We just couldn't come up with the points.''

Moltzen said: ''We sort of lost our way a little bit. We tried to push the pass or rush the play, when we should have looked to set it up and then play off the back of that. We'll learn from that.''

The Tigers' only points of the afternoon came from a piece of Marshall magic. After 24 minutes, he sent a wonderful long ball to winger Beau Ryan.

''I was battling the flu as well so I was just hoping to get through the game,'' Marshall said.

The Tigers had won their previous two games leading into yesterday's encounter, and remain in the top eight, but Farah admitted the side needed to find some rhythm on the home stretch into the finals.

''I'm not faulting anyone's effort today,'' the hooker said. ''I thought it was great. Defensively I thought we were strong. But we've got to find some wins soon …

''It's always frustrating when you can't find that rhythm, but we've just got to keep working at it. It's not going to change on its own. We've got to keep working hard, and we'll do that … I can guarantee we'll be showing up every week.''


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Post by hybrid_tiger » Mon 20 Jun, 2011 8:05 am

"We'll learn from that".

How many times have we heard that before?

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Post by tiger05 » Mon 20 Jun, 2011 8:12 am

willow wrote:''I'm not faulting anyone's effort today,'' the hooker said. ''I thought it was great. Defensively I thought we were strong. But we've got to find some wins soon …

''It's always frustrating when you can't find that rhythm, but we've just got to keep working at it. It's not going to change on its own. We've got to keep working hard, and we'll do that … I can guarantee we'll be showing up every week.''
No fault on himself for yet again stuffing up a 5 on 1 overlap and playing for penalties that aren't coming. If Robbie was playing up to the level he can we'd be a really good team.

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Post by happy tiger » Mon 20 Jun, 2011 8:33 am

The problem was not after Benji left the field The lack of smarts not used happened the whole game and our playmakers were all guilty of it

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