Lui vows Oscar performance
By Matt Marshall From: The Daily Telegraph September 20, 2010 12:00AM
HE LIVES in Benji Marshall’s shadow but young No. 7 Robert Lui says it’s his job to push the Tigers’ showstopper out of the limelight.
Lui is very much the third wheel in a Tigers playmaking arsenal that booked a spot in next Saturday night’s preliminary final against the Dragons with a tense two-point win over the Raiders on Friday night.
While Marshall and captain Robbie Farah will again assume the lead roles against the Dragons, Townsville junior Lui says it’s his job to shape the Tigers’ destiny.
“My job is to get pressure off Benji and Robbie,” the exciting 20-year-old said.
“I’m also an attacking weapon, so we’ve got three options. It’s hard for a team to defend three options when I take pressure off Benji and they come to me.”
The stakes are high but the Tigers intend to continue their carefree football against the Dragons.
They are a huge contrast to Wayne Bennett’s men, who have ground their way to back-to-back minor premierships with a clinical, low-error game.
“Semi-final football is still footy,” Lui said. "That’s how we play, that’s how Tigers play. That’s how me, Benji, Robbie Farah and all the boys play.
"We throw it, we risk it, but we back it up with our defence.
“They [Dragons] have been the form team all year. It’s going be a tough challenge for us but we’re up to it. All the boys are keen.”
The Tigers came through the Raiders game virtually unscathed.
Gareth Ellis (back), Geoff Daniela (hamstring) and Todd Payten (knee) are expected to play.
But back-rower Simon Dwyer could be in trouble for a high tackle.
I think he’ll have Beau Scott running at him this week. I’d prefer Scott to be running at him than Creagh as Creagh has a better attacking game and runs better lines. Still a tough ask for Lui, but hopefully Ellis will be there to help him, along with Lawrence who will have to put his shoulder into the tackles this week.
always trying to find a positive, i may have finally found one with lui’s defence.
as the obvious weak link in the team he draws a lot of attention from the opposition.
which means Benji who would normally be bomb barded with large forwards running at him all game in an attempt to tire him & dampen his attacking brilliance, gets let off relatively easy.
Originally I was just joking in this post but thought I’d check the stats & was interested to see just how many more tackles Lui does make.
Tackles & missed -
Lui – Totals 16 Games 258 47
Benji - Totals 26 Games 244 72