Marsters - Keen to build Minutes..


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    Wests Tigers rookie keen to build minutes

    Chris Kennedy Thu 08 Jun, 2017, 6:00am

    Wests Tigers rookie Esan Marsters says he wasn’t sure whether to smile or cry when told last week he’d be making his NRL debut but now with a solid game under his belt is keen to build his performances and minutes.

    ‌The highly-touted young Kiwi can play back row or centre and showed off his silky ball skills in a tight 16-12 loss to the Dragons last Saturday with a lovely pass to create Michael Chee Kam’s maiden NRL try – and set up a grandstand finale with the fast-finishing Tigers falling just short of knocking off the third-placed Dragons.

    Speaking to NRL.com after the game, Marsters said while he’s been playing 80 minutes as a centre in reserve grade he’ll take whatever chance coach Ivan Cleary affords him in the top squad.

    “As a kid you always want to make your NRL debut. That was one of my goals. I really enjoyed it out there and just want to build on the performance,” Marsters said.

    After Cleary pulled him aside at training last Wednesday to inform him of his impending debut, Marsters said he rang around whatever family he could to get together so he could tell them at the same time. Some flew over from New Zealand to watch his debut.

    “I rang all my family members to tell them to come home, got them in a bunch and let them know and they were all pretty excited for me,” he said.

    "I had some family fly over from New Zealand to come watch me play; that was pretty important for me.

    "It was pretty tough, it was pretty fast out there but the boys stuck with me, they were talking to me on the edge and I sort of found my rhythm.

    “Hopefully if I get the chance to play next week I take it with two hands.”

    An early hamstring injury to veteran back-rower Chris Lawrence meant Marsters was called on to play more minutes than he would have expected, eventually finishing with 13 tackles, 88 running metres and a try assist in 43 minutes on field.

    “I want to build my minutes, I want to be able to play 80,” Marsters said.

    "Chris Lawrence, it’s a sad thing for him to go down like that but I want to knuckle down and get better as a player.

    "I’ve been playing centre in [the Intrust Super Premiership], I haven’t played back row for a while but I’ll play anywhere Ivan wants me to play. There’s an opportunity there for me to play back row so I want to take it with both hands and see where it goes.

    “I don’t mind, either way, Ivan knows what’s going on, I just want to perform for him.”

    And the magic ball to Chee Kam?

    “He was calling for it, I should have gone open but I heard him calling so I gave him the ball and he scored a pretty good try,” Marsters smiled.

    http://www.nrl.com/wests-tigers-rookie-keen-to-build-minutes/tabid/10874/newsid/108656/default.aspx



  • Good stuff, excited to see him continue to develop. Would like to see him in centres, seems like a Leilua type and would kill it there.



  • I like his determination to wanting to play 80mins.
    I think we’ll be seeing plenty of Esan in wt colours. Rip in against the chooks young fella.



  • I reckon that his enthusiasm will be infectious to the other young men who Ivan has recruited. This might be a family trait so how about we get his brother from the Red-V on board.



  • glad he got a run, was worried being stuck in the centers in nsw cup would ruin his development. always seemed a better prospect than funaki and liolaveve so hopefully he kicks on.



  • I like that he has a nice pair of hands on him. Been a long time since a legitimate ballplaying forward came on for us. Siro Jr was supposed to be that kid, ended up doing very little ballplaying whether under instruction or not.


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    “I don’t mind, either way, Ivan knows what’s going on, I just want to perform for him.”

    I liked this quote the best…Some others should take note of Esan…I hope he keeps his spot for the rest of the year as that player in the back row who can cover centre…



  • I had low-level expectations for him, so was pretty impressed last week for the most part. Hopefully he continues to get good mins and improves week to week.
    His development is a big reason I’d want someone like Hoffman around next season, as a proper mentor to our young guys. Someone to show them when extra hours in the gym are needed, how to properly prepare for games, how to utilise the long pre-season slog as best as possible.



  • Keen to see how he develops the rest of this year….He could be the damaging second rower we desperately need…



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    I had low-level expectations for him, so was pretty impressed last week for the most part. Hopefully he continues to get good mins and improves week to week.
    His development is a big reason I’d want someone like Hoffman around next season, as a proper mentor to our young guys. Someone to show them when extra hours in the gym are needed, how to properly prepare for games, how to utilise the long pre-season slog as best as possible.

    Shouldn’t the Coaching staff be their mentors?…Just listen to what the Coaches tell you what to do and work on and you’ll be sweet!



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    I had low-level expectations for him, so was pretty impressed last week for the most part. Hopefully he continues to get good mins and improves week to week.
    His development is a big reason I’d want someone like Hoffman around next season, as a proper mentor to our young guys. Someone to show them when extra hours in the gym are needed, how to properly prepare for games, how to utilise the long pre-season slog as best as possible.

    Shouldn’t the Coaching staff be their mentors?…Just listen to what the Coaches tell you what to do and work on and you’ll be sweet!

    If Chris Lawrence is not a good mentor, then I struggle to name someone else who meets his standing.



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    I had low-level expectations for him, so was pretty impressed last week for the most part. Hopefully he continues to get good mins and improves week to week.
    His development is a big reason I’d want someone like Hoffman around next season, as a proper mentor to our young guys. Someone to show them when extra hours in the gym are needed, how to properly prepare for games, how to utilise the long pre-season slog as best as possible.

    Shouldn’t the Coaching staff be their mentors?…Just listen to what the Coaches tell you what to do and work on and you’ll be sweet!

    If Chris Lawrence is not a good mentor, then I struggle to name someone else who meets his standing.

    Lawrence is a top bloke and was a tremendous centre, but he’s never been much more than a replacement level second rower.
    Hoffman was close to, if not the best second rower in the world at his peak. He’d know exactly what special efforts are required to get there - extra cardio and/or strength work, eating better, mental preparation, whatever.
    The coaching staff will definitely help, but you need to do a bit extra if you want to be the very best. Especially if our facilities are as inferior to others as reported.

    Remember the story about Blair doing extra work when he was here?
    http://www.weststigersforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=25437



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    I had low-level expectations for him, so was pretty impressed last week for the most part. Hopefully he continues to get good mins and improves week to week.
    His development is a big reason I’d want someone like Hoffman around next season, as a proper mentor to our young guys. Someone to show them when extra hours in the gym are needed, how to properly prepare for games, how to utilise the long pre-season slog as best as possible.

    Shouldn’t the Coaching staff be their mentors?…Just listen to what the Coaches tell you what to do and work on and you’ll be sweet!

    If Chris Lawrence is not a good mentor, then I struggle to name someone else who meets his standing.

    Lawrence is a top bloke and was a tremendous centre, but he’s never been much more than a replacement level second rower.
    Hoffman was close to, if not the best second rower in the world at his peak. He’d know exactly what special efforts are required to get there - extra cardio and/or strength work, eating better, mental preparation, whatever.
    The coaching staff will definitely help, but you need to do a bit extra if you want to be the very best. Especially if our facilities are as inferior to others as reported.

    Remember the story about Blair doing extra work when he was here?
    http://www.weststigersforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=25437

    I mentioned Lawrence specifically for his knowledge/qualification in the areas you highlighted, not withstanding their respective playing abilities as second rowers, but he also represented his country before his hip/hamstring complications.



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    Shouldn’t the Coaching staff be their mentors?…Just listen to what the Coaches tell you what to do and work on and you’ll be sweet!

    If Chris Lawrence is not a good mentor, then I struggle to name someone else who meets his standing.

    Lawrence is a top bloke and was a tremendous centre, but he’s never been much more than a replacement level second rower.
    Hoffman was close to, if not the best second rower in the world at his peak. He’d know exactly what special efforts are required to get there - extra cardio and/or strength work, eating better, mental preparation, whatever.
    The coaching staff will definitely help, but you need to do a bit extra if you want to be the very best. Especially if our facilities are as inferior to others as reported.

    Remember the story about Blair doing extra work when he was here?
    http://www.weststigersforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=25437

    I mentioned Lawrence specifically for his knowledge/qualification in the areas you highlighted, not withstanding their respective playing abilities as second rowers, but he also represented his country before his hip/hamstring complications.

    Also it’s a mistake to assume that better players make better coaches / mentors, if that was the implication Lawrence vs Hoffman. Trent Robinson wasn’t much of a footballer, good coach though.



  • I’m sure he’ll have his moments like most youngsters, but he has a lot of upside, he’s mobile with good footwork and has a nice offload in his game. Getting up to speed with defence in FG will be his big test IMO.


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