Benji injury leaves door open for Reynolds return

https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/03/31/benji-injury-leaves-door-open-for-reynolds-return/

A hamstring injury to Benji Marshall midway through the second half in Sunday’s 22-8 loss to Canterbury has left the door open for Josh Reynolds to make a first-grade return against Penrith on Friday.

The Wests Tigers face their first of three five-day turnarounds going into their much-anticipated clash with the Panthers but Marshall is in doubt with Michael Maguire indicating Reynolds was a strong chance for a recall. Marshall left the paddock with 15 minutes to go in Sunday’s clash to compound the Tigers’ woes after the Bulldogs raced out to a 22-0 lead in Campbelltown.

He had a tight hamstring there so we’ll have to have a look at that and see how he goes," Maguire said.

"I’ll have to assess that now, it was fairly tight towards the end. I spoke to him and he said he wasn’t quite sure.

“We’ll go through the things we need to, being a short turnaround we’ll have our focus on what we need to do and I’ll assess the team as we go through the week.” Reynolds suffered a nasty cork last week in his return via the Canterbury Cup and wore a heavy guard on his leg for most of Sunday’s loss to the Bulldogs.

Maguire said the playmaker was a ready-made replacement if Marshall was ruled out.

“That’s part of what makes good clubs, you’ve got to have good players waiting. Full credit to Josh, I know that if he gets his opportunity this week he’ll be ready to go,” Maguire said.

“He’s been performing well in reserve grade.”

The Tigers had no answers for a slick Bulldogs outfit on Sunday afternoon with Dean Pay’s men completing at 89% with just four errors in a clinical display after back-to-back loss to start the season. After going into the clash as heavy favourites following their 2-0 start to the season, Maguire said it was a reality check for his side, who lacked patience and execution with the ball.

“We’ve still got a lot to do. There’s big improvements in this group and certain individuals have shown what their capable of in the previous two weeks,” Maguire said.

"If we want to be a club to go to the heights we want we’ve got to do that consistently.

“The good teams continually find ways to win.”

Grub should come in regardless, Benji is so done

Reynolds will get his chance now but all we need right now is Jrey coming in and trying too hard trying to impress.
His defence worries me too.

Hopefully he plays with some control, or it could backfire on us.
Brooks showed today what happens when you push your luck, bad decisions get made and you put your team under more pressure.

@851:

Grub should come in regardless, Benji is so done

Was going to post the same thing.

Benji Marshall is finished, done.

And i dont buy the hamstring, he was hooked.

Wore ice on his hammy at the end of the game@The_Patriot:

@851:

Grub should come in regardless, Benji is so done

Was going to post the same thing.

Benji Marshall is finished, done.

And i dont buy the hamstring, he was hooked.

@tigerap:

Wore ice on his hammy at the end of the game

Im aware of that.

Im still not buying it, its not uncommon for a player of his age to ice a hammy. I dont believe thats why he was taken off.

He to put it very simply was abysmal today.

Useless!

@tigerap:

Was going to post the same thing.

Benji Marshall is finished, done.

And i dont buy the hamstring, he was hooked.

I hope he was hooked, I am sick of the media beat up about how good he is going, he is not going good at all

@851:

I hope he was hooked, I am sick of the media beat up about how good he is going, he is not going good at all

I hope he will find it in him that it is time to hang the boots… like soon!

I remember a report from the club posted during late pre-season training indicating that Brooks and Reynolds had struck a good combination. Saturday is the time to try out that combination. It would have to be better than the Benji / Brooks combination of last week.

Marshall definitely injured

Garner in massive doubt also

AC joint is a tricky injury from what I’ve read. If he isn’t 100% I don’t think it’s worth the risk playing him this early in the season.

We missed Garner badly while he was off the field.5 day turnaround wont help if he is any doubt