Benji in doubt for Tigers with calf injury



  • Benji in doubt for Tigers with calf injury
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    Michael Chammas
    Chief Reporter
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    Mon 5 Mar 2018, 09:06 PM

    The fairytale story of round one could be put on ice with Benji Marshall racing the clock to play in the Wests Tigers’ season-opener against the Sydney Roosters.

    NRL.com understands Marshall, who was expected to be used off the bench for the Wests Tigers, is in doubt for Saturday afternoon’s clash at ANZ Stadium as he overcomes a calf injury.

    Marshall was set to play his first Telstra Premiership game for the club in 1646 days in the blockbuster against the premiership favourites, however he now has to prove his fitness before kick-off to take his place in the side.

    He has been training with the club’s rehab group over the past fortnight and only began partially training with the full squad on Monday.

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    The veteran playmaker hasn’t played a trial, opting against turning out for the clashes in Cairns and Campbelltown as he awaited the birth of his first child.

    Coach Ivan Cleary is expected to name Marshall in his 21-man squad on Tuesday afternoon, and will likely give him until the team’s final training session on Friday to prove his fitness.


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    If fit, it’s understood Marshall will start on the bench and could come on at five-eighth in a move that would mean fellow recruit Josh Reynolds shifts to the hooker role.

    “Ivan’s already said to me you might have to jump into hooker every now and then,” Reynolds told NRL.com after the club’s first trial.

    "That’s fine for me. I’m not that guy who is going to turn around and say ‘nah, sorry Ivan, I’ve come here to play five-eighth’.

    “Don’t get me wrong, I feel like I’m a five-eighth, but at the same time I’m not a greedy person and I have to do what’s best for the team. If he does want me, Brooksy (Luke Brooks) and Benji on at the same time and that’s where I have to go, then that’s where I’ll go.”

    While Marshall’s inclusion would be a huge boost for the Tigers on the field, the club is well aware of his drawing power and the impact his selection would have on the crowd should he be fit to play in the match that also pins James Tedesco up against his old teammates.

    It is hoped a crowd of close to 30,000 turns out on Saturday to mark the beginning of a new era at the Tigers.



  • If Benji is out, would it Godinet /Gamble /Lolohea …that is most likely to get the bench utility role?



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    If Benji is out, would it Godinet /Gamble /Lolohea …that is most likely to get the bench utility role?

    Id have Godinet starting and Lolohea on the bench.

    If Gamble makes the 21 it will be a nice reward .



  • We need to stack up the bench with forwards …. it’s the only way we can have a chance on Saturday.



  • Fox sports reporting this morning that Tui will start at Fb with Thompson and MWZ on the wings.


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    So trial form counts toward selection for rd 1
    Players will not be selected on reputation



  • To be honest not that disappointed.
    I want to see Reynolds at 5/8 for the whole game anyway.



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    To be honest not that disappointed.
    I want to see Reynolds at 5/8 for the whole game anyway.

    Amen to that !!!



  • So who comes in for Benji if he is out? I’m thinking Nofoaluma to wing, Thompson to fullback and Lolohea to the bench. So same rotation with Reynolds ending up at hooker.



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    So who comes in for Benji if he is out? I’m thinking Nofoaluma to wing, Thompson to fullback and Lolohea to the bench. So same rotation with Reynolds ending up at hooker.

    Doubt it will be that complicated. McIlwrick probably comes onto the bench.



  • I don’t think Benji will play. Grant will fill his spot ( not named in isp) with Taylor going to rake when needed



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    I don’t think Benji will play. Grant will fill his spot ( not named in isp) with Taylor going to rake when needed

    I hope so. Bench looks too light otherwise



  • I disagree. I think he is a shoe in, especially given the amount they are marketing it.



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    So trial form counts toward selection for rd 1
    Players will not be selected on reputation

    And yet Benji gets selected for Rd 1 if fit , no trials , unless you class changes nappies a trial :brick:



  • Apparently he was a top performer pre season and he may be seen as a cut above. Age shall not weary him.



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