Senior players pleasing Maguire in opening rounds

Wests Tigers Head Coach Michael Maguire says the role the senior players in his squad are playing has pleased him most through the opening two rounds of the 2019 NRL season.

Heading in to 2019 with the oldest average player age out of all 16 teams, Wests Tigers’ veterans in particular Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall have led the way to two wins to start the year, with Maguire highlighting how important the role of the 2005 Premiership Winners has been in getting buy-in across the board. I’ve known Robbie for a long time and I think everyone knows the type of player he is," Maguire said after the match. "He’s a pro but to his credit I think he put in a lot of work in the background and he understands that this is his last year.

"He wanted to be at his best for the season.

He’s in a really good headspace at the moment

With the likes of Benji and Robbie, it’s enjoyable to be around at training – they come in laughing and smiling and they’re showing that on the field," Maguire added.

"When they understand where they are in their career, they want to make sure every opportunity is a winner. Robbie made sure of that last week at Leichhardt and made sure of it today at Campbelltown. The home crowd is very special for him. Our completions were very high in the second half but I think that’s off the back off the smarts of our senior guys. I thought Luke Brooks did great tonight as well in the way that he controlled the game

It was nice to get Moses Mbye our captain back — he came in and there was a stage there in the first half he was that tired with his lungs but the boys looked after him and that’s what we’re trying to build here.

Benji hasn’t lead the way in the 2 wins, these garbage stories make out Benji is starring, Farah is, Benji is doing nothing special, barely holding his own.

Brooks has put in his two bits and Bob’s as well

Benji has been good ……very solid …he hasn’t been going for all the low percentage plays or creating cheap turnovers so far

Personally if Benji had learnt this 10 seasons ago with everything else he had he’d could of possibly been one of the best 5/8 the game has seen

That beautifully placed kick that he planned to just come off the hands of an outstretched warriors defender and into our wingers arms was sheer brilliance. Everyone knows that.

I’ll reserve judgement with Benji. He did the same thing last year for the first five or six weeks and then the wheels fell off.

@Tiger_Fan18:

he understands that this is his last year

Sounds like Madge is setting up a preemptive strike on Farah declaring that he’ll play on in 2020. Not saying that he couldn’t/shouldn’t, but he needs to be playing almost as well as he currently is during the finals!!

@happy_tiger:

Benji has been good ……very solid …he hasn’t been going for all the low percentage plays or creating cheap turnovers so far

Personally if Benji had learnt this 10 seasons ago with everything else he had he’d could of possibly been one of the best 5/8 the game has seen

Absolutely agree Hap. Just because Benji isn’t pulling off glamour plays that doesn’t mean he is not making a valuable contribution. He simply doesn’t have the zip to create something from nothing anymore and it’s good to see him play a sensible hand.

The last couple of weeks he has also taken the tackle more than he previously would have in a month.

I like what I see but it also looks to me like he is only just being able to keep up with the speed of the game this year. If it starts to wear him down an injury won’t be far off but then again that will open the door for Reynolds.

Funny you say that. When they interviewed him on NRL360 the other night they mentioned how he had said it was his last year to which he replied “did i” ? before answering the question. I’m sure it was a bit of tongue in cheek, but 2 rounds in with his performances, he is probably looking at Cam Smith and wondering “what if”.

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