BENJI IMPRESSES TIGERS

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Re: BENJI IMPRESSES TIGERS

Post by happy tiger » Tue 06 Feb, 2018 7:25 pm

Black'n'White wrote:
Tue 06 Feb, 2018 7:09 pm
happy tiger wrote:
Tue 06 Feb, 2018 7:04 pm
Prefer a pass to hit around 2 feet in front of you and at hip height myself , hands don't need to do much then
few years back there was a good chance benji could hit you with one of those mate, depending how good your seats were.
Gonna pay that one BnW :D

Quote of the month nomination :lol:


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Post by innsaneink » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 6:13 am

maybe we can start a thread for luke..."how to kick"

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Post by colmcd » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 9:53 am

Needaname wrote:
Tue 06 Feb, 2018 7:47 am
I think Benji is here because his still got that drive to play at the highest level and all that comes with it. Pushing his body physically and mentally trying to compete for a position and be in a ready state incase he needs to slot in. He wants to finish his playing career at the tigers and still has that drive but proably also has one eye on the future.
His mentoring role this year whilst still playing will be the perfect Segway for what’s to come. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Benji part of the Balmain or West’s juniors or West Tigers coaching staff next year.
Why did it take us about 4 seasons and two coaches to realise that Benji was a good mentor for the halves coming in?

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Post by Icon » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 2:45 pm

Benji Marshall to return to field for Wests Tigers in trial against Cronulla Sharks
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Wests Tigers fans can mark down February 24 as the date Benji Marshall plays his first game for the club in 1631 days.

Marshall, the biggest-name player in the merged club's 18-year-history, hasn't played for the Tigers since leaving for Super Rugby club the Auckland Blues at the end of the 2013 season.

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Prodigal son: Benji Marshall at Tigers training.
Prodigal son: Benji Marshall at Tigers training. Photo: Dan Talintyre/Wests Tigers
His on-field return for the Tigers will come a day before his 33rd birthday in their final NRL trial against Cronulla in Campbelltown.

Coach Ivan Cleary is aiming to ensure his new-look Tigers spend plenty of time together in their two pre-season trials.

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Return set: Benji Marshall will play for the Tigers in their trial against the Sharks in late February.
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A strong squad will be taken to Cairns for their February 17 trial against North Queensland, but Marshall will remain in Sydney alongside wife Zoe ahead of the expected birth of their first child.

Cleary then plans to roll out the Tigers' top 17 for the majority of their last trial against the Sharks, just two weeks out from the season-opener.

"Benji won't be playing in Cairns ... The plan at this stage (is for Campbelltown)," Cleary said. "We're looking like the first game in Cairns against the Cowboys there are a few guys who won't be playing in that game.

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"Anyone who can and it's not really a risk in their preparation will play. I'm not about putting people in cotton wool but I'm not going to risk them either."

Marshall's influence off the field has already been pronounced during the pre- season as he has been able to lend a helping hand to the club's younger brigade, including halfback Luke Brooks, given his experience.

Importantly though, he provides a link back to the club's most successful era given his 11-year stint between 2003 and 2013 netted 201 games and the club's only premiership as a merged entity in 2005 when he starred.

"From a Wests Tigers point of view, it's really good to have that link to the past," Cleary said.

"To have a guy who left the club really want to come back because he loves the club, that was really positive.

"He's good to have around in many respects. His experience, knowledge and understanding of the game."

But Cleary insists even with Brooks and Josh Reynolds as the club's chief playmakers, Marshall's biggest value will be on the field in the NRL.

"We wouldn't have signed him if we didn't think he could still play," Cleary said. "He was really open and honest about that. He really felt like he had so much more to give on the field. He's a world-class player and they don't come along every day.

"There's a few options around how we will use him. He's definitely a big part of the plan for on-field performance."

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Post by rex2ce » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 5:10 pm

Even at 33 years old, Marshall is still the best half on our books, anyone who thinks he is playing 2nd grade is kidding themselves


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Post by Earl » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 6:41 pm

rex2ce wrote:
Wed 07 Feb, 2018 5:10 pm
Even at 33 years old, Marshall is still the best half on our books, anyone who thinks he is playing 2nd grade is kidding themselves
He probably is our best half but I can't see him starting in the halves at the start of the season assuming that Brooks and Reynolds aren't injured.

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Post by willow » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 7:54 pm

Earl wrote:
Wed 07 Feb, 2018 6:41 pm
rex2ce wrote:
Wed 07 Feb, 2018 5:10 pm
Even at 33 years old, Marshall is still the best half on our books, anyone who thinks he is playing 2nd grade is kidding themselves
He probably is our best half but I can't see him starting in the halves at the start of the season assuming that Brooks and Reynolds aren't injured.
Barring injury Brooks and Reynolds are odds-on to line up as starting halves in round 1.

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Post by innsaneink » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 8:27 pm

Benji will.be in the 17 somewhere imo

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Post by Luke » Wed 07 Feb, 2018 11:26 pm

Really curious to see how they use Benji, if they are serious about him being apart of their on-field performance.

I really don't know how they would use him.

The options:
Centre - very unlikely. Defence not good enough and not much experience in the position.

Bench hooker - meaning either Liddle or McIlwrick starts and one of them misses out on the 17. Once again though, his defence is not up to scratch.

Bench half - rotates towards the end of both halves with either Reynolds or Brooks. This could cause a lot of inconsistency though for a new team needing to gel.

Bench utility - playing maybe 10 mins a game.

What does everybody else think?

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