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PLENTY OF ATTACKING OPTIONS FOR TIM SHEENS
By Wayne Cousins
8/09/2011 11:36:35 AM
Head Coach Tim Sheens has heard it all before as to how teams are going to shut down star playmaker Benji Marshall.
Media reports this week suggest Beau Scott is the enforcer whose job is to keep Marshall quiet when Wests Tigers and St George-Illawarra lock horns at ANZ Stadium on Friday night in the opening qualifying final.
Sheens says there was plenty of other attacking options for his team should the Dragons target Marshall.
“Against Cronulla, Robbie Farah stepped up not just for the three tries but stepped up to win the game,’’ Sheens told 2SM’s Talkin Sport on Wednesday.
“Young Robert Lui contributed in that game as did Tim Moltzen who set up the first try.
“Benji is involved but as far Benji running, breaking the line, scoring tries, that’s not all he does. Our game is to play as a team and certainly the spine – 7, 6, 9, and 1 – have to play well.
“We have got a good 7, 6, 9 and 1 playing well at the moment.”
Sheens said he was happy with Lui’s form and feels the talented half will only get better in the 7 jersey he now calls his own.
“It is only his second year in first grade. He only last year put his foot in first grade. He didn’t always play and the year before, he was in Toyota Cup.’’ Sheens said.
“Rob is only a rookie as far as playmakers are concerned. It takes you 40-50 games to start to understand what the game is about for any player, yet alone a playmaker.
“I could dig out a show reel on this kid that would sell him to any club in this competition. He can play and he has done some marvellous things.
“He is a very strong half-back/five-eighth. He is getting better and better and trying to blend him in with the 9 and the 6 is the big thing. Rob is a bit on the shy side where Marshall and Farah are not on the shy side.”
Sheens expects Moltzen to be a dangerous attacking force throughout the finals.
“Tim’s speed seems to have come back as well as his anticipation in taking on the line,’’ Sheens said.
“He has come to terms with the fact that he is leaving the club. He is concentrating now hard on trying to nail down the (number) one position rather than 7. He has been a bit of a utility and he still has plenty of utility value as most good football players have.
“I’m happy that he seems to have settled down and he has given us good speed from the back.
'Most of the sides in the top 8 have someone who can worry you from 1 and I like to think Tim is going to go through the series doing that.”