WESTS TIGERS coach Tim Sheens has no concerns about throwing Tim Moltzen into halfback, declaring the 23-year-old is better suited to partner Benji Marshall than former No.7 Robert Lui.
For all Marshall’s ability, Sheens said his star playmaker has a tendency to dominate his halves partners, but he isn’t worried that Moltzen will suffer from playing in the shadow of one of the game’s best, convinced the pairing is a match made in heaven.
‘‘He and Marshall are very close and Benji won’t dominate him, which he has a habit of doing with other young players, like he did with Robert Lui,’’ Sheens said in the build-up to tomorrow night’s Foundation Cup match against the Roosters in Campbelltown.
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‘‘They will complement one another, but Tim is a slightly different player to Lui so we have got to adjust our game a touch.’’
As a halves combination they have enjoyed plenty of success for the Tigers, winning 82 per cent of games alongside each other. Moltzen finished last season as one of the form players of the competition, but did so with the No.1 on his back.
But a lack of quality options in the halfback department has forced Sheens to move Moltzen back to the front line, a decision he believes is the best for the team.
‘‘I’ve given Tim that role right through the preseason so he is not in two minds as to what I wanted,’’ Sheens said. ‘‘I told him seven and that’s where he needs to be focused and has done all his work.’’
Tomorrow night the pair will get a last chance to work on their combination before the round one clash against Cronulla at Leichhardt Oval.
One of Moltzen’s biggest traits is his speed, which he showed off towards the end of last year, giving Sheens what he believes is the quickest six-seven combination in the competition.
‘‘Tim has got plenty of pace and he showed that with the running down of Chris Sandow over 80 metres [last Saturday night],’’ he said.
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