There is a few reasons Sheens is using Marshall at 7 now, but i think the main reason would be that no other halfback has been able to stand up in his presence.
It could be considered a failure a few years back when trialled (Benji @ 7, i think Morris @ 6) but there has been alot of 7 tried since then and they obvioulsy haven’t stood up in Tims opinion. Morris, Head, Farah, Moltzen, Lui, Miller & Humble all come to mind, with only Lui (some would say Moltzen also) doing the job.
Fast forward to 2012 and Lui is gone. Moltzen @ 7, Benji @ 6 looks the best option to all. Tedesco gets injured and Sheens tries Humble at fullback. Obviously wasn’t happy so moved Moltzen back to 1 as I think Sheens still considers him his only option at this stage.
Now we have problems again with 7. Sheens has now basically tried all the available 7’s bar Chisholm, albeit Miller and Humble didn’t really get a string of back to back games. Here in lies the problem I believe - Sheens has stated many a times how hard it is for younger guys to come in and over call Marshall and Farah. This is the one main reason. I don’t think it spells the end for Miller, just that he isn’t quite ready this season (he’s still only 20y.o)
Coupled with the fact Benji at first reciever doesn’t get over called (except by Farah), he touches the ball more and can take on the part of his game he wishes to develop, that being his control and direction of a game. Something he did best all season against the warriors in the halfback role.
I admit I was one of the speculators and even considered Sheens was lost for what to do next, but don’t forget that Sheens has always stated the Benji at 7 experiment isn’t dead and buried. I’m now I think in the same line of thought as Sheens and finding a 6 to stand outside Benji might be the best way forward atm. Lawrence isn’t the answer imo and it looks like Sheens has even relenquished by putting him back to centre this week. Ayshford definately isn’t the answer either. But I think young Sironen with his ability to take the line on, good passing game and from what I’ve seen does have a short kicking game might just be the the right combination for us with Benji @ 7 and Curtis @ 6.
But one final thought or statement really - would love to see Moltzen at 6 not having to try and direct the team but just using his running and passing game, but think he is still the best man to fill in at 1 right now.