Benji Marshall critics have short memories

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    Benji Marshall was once a beloved member of the Tigers for a reason. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan)

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    I was seven years old when Benji Marshall threw that magical flick pass and was part of the Tigers grand final winning 2005 team.

    As I grew up and learn’t more and more about rugby league, Benji and the Tigers, and I realised that this guy was more than just a player who could step and flick pass.

    I remember going out to games aged 10 or 11 and watching Benji more than I watched the game.

    I remember thinking how great it was that I went for the team who had Benji Marshall.

    He was my favourite player.

    Every time Benji saved us at the death, every time he produced a magical try assist and I loved it when I would hear Gus Gould saying “he’s a freak”, it would put a smile on my dial.

    Those days are over and we can’t argue with the facts, Benji is playing how he used to. But it annoys me when people constantly hammer him for throwing a bad pass or missing a soft tackle.

    But everything he does right people seem to turn a blind eye on.

    Take David Nofoaluma’s extraordinary leap above Jorge Taufua’s head to score the possible try of the year.

    Who put up the perfectly placed kick… could it have been Benji Marshall? It was.

    Tigers fans are looking for the easy way out and just blame Benji or Potter for everything, now that Blair has hit some form.

    So when you think of bagging Benji, ask yourself the following questions.

    When was the last time I won the golden boot? When was the last time I won an NRL grand final?

    When was the last time I saved my country with two minutes to go in a Four Nations final? When was the last time I won a world cup?

    When was the last time I topped the NRL try assists in a season? When was the last time I captained my country in rugby league?

    When was the last time I was at the top of the most tries scored for the Wests Tigers?

    When did I every inspire hundreds of Tigers fans and kids in New Zealand to play and love league?

    Benji Marshall has done so much for the game and was an amazing player. One “bad” season doesn’t undo all of that.

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    • Roar Rookie

      August 21st 2013 @ 4:31am
      Jack Tiger said | August 21st 2013 @ 4:31am | ! Report

      Dom, I can see you are young aspiring sports journo, good effort mate. Its obvious Benji is your hero, and you are sad that people are criticizing him, however I believe he deserves it. Your article also contains clear error of fact, notably the last sentence. Also Blair has not hit form, just shifted to the front row which is just catch, run and tackle. And Potter should grow some kahunas and drop benji to reserve grade where he belongs.

      And now for the truth about Benji Marshall –

      Benji Marshall is a selfish, arrogant, overrated and overpaid player! His inconsistant form over the past few years (and very poor form in 2013) does not justify his paycheck. Yet he is so arrogant he thinks he deserves $1mil per season, when he didn’t get it he threw a tantrum, asked for a release and put himself on the open market believing he could attract $1mil ps. When he realised the offer was never coming, he took whatever he could get, a reported $500,000 (could be less?) Auckland Blues contract. Benji really believes he is better than everyone else, he was once a talented footballer, but now he is failing miserably as a decent human being.

      • August 21st 2013 @ 10:11am
        Jemma said | August 21st 2013 @ 10:11am | ! Report

        Excuse me ‘jack tiger’ im guessing you go for tigers, but im not sure how you can call benji arrogant, selfish, overrated & over payed ?
        First of all he is not one bit arrogant, have you seen him in person? A few weeks ago at his last game at leichhardt oval there was a whole bunch of people waiting for him. Loyal tigers supporters. And he stayed and had a photo and signed things for every one of us. He got asked by some security if he wanted to leave while i was next to him and i clearly heard him say ‘nah i want to stay and make sure everyone’s got what they want’. On that same night ‘legend’ Peter sterling walked past me and two others, and we said hey sterlo, and he kept walking and said ‘nah your seeing things’ now that’s what I call arrogant.
        If his selfish why didnt he leave when he was getting offered way more money from other places when he was in his peak? He stayed at the tigers because he is not one bit selfish.
        His not overrated – he has done more in the game then many people have, nor is he overpayed – do you have any idea how much money he has brought to the game in the past 11 or so years? lol

      • Roar Pro

        August 21st 2013 @ 12:18pm
        Jack Daniels said | August 21st 2013 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

        By form I more meant that his work rate has gone up a fair bit

    • August 21st 2013 @ 8:25am
      Butally honest said | August 21st 2013 @ 8:25am | ! Report

      People are not putting crap on Marshall because of some hidden agenda, it is merely a reflection of his effort and performance and brings the critics (well most of them) no great joy

    • Roar Guru

      August 21st 2013 @ 9:15am
      Charlie Drayton said | August 21st 2013 @ 9:15am | ! Report

      Short memories yes, but his form isn’t getting any better and I can’t see him being worth half the money the Blues have payed him to go Union.

    • August 21st 2013 @ 9:16am
      adam said | August 21st 2013 @ 9:16am | ! Report

      All i could think of as i read this was that Youtube clip a few years back from that crazed crying Britney Spears fan … “Leave Britney alone!”

      Benji hasn’t had one bad season. He has done nothing for several seasons. He is a trick shot. Doesn’t put his body on the line, makes soft mistakes, and sulks more and more. 2005 was eight long years ago. And when you listen to alot of the past players they are all seeing his lack of intensity and effort and they are commenting because footballers hate seeing players who don’t put their body on the line – especially ones who are supposed ot be leaders.

      One cross field kick does not a season make I’m afriad.

      • Roar Pro

        August 21st 2013 @ 12:21pm
        Jack Daniels said | August 21st 2013 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

        Yeah, but he won the golden boot in 2011 (2 years ago) and that kick was just an example of something he didn’t get any credit for

    • August 21st 2013 @ 9:28am
      The eye said | August 21st 2013 @ 9:28am | ! Report

      There hasn’t been a worse end to a marvellous career since Changas white boots grand final…ask your father Dom.

      • Roar Pro

        August 21st 2013 @ 12:16pm
        Jack Daniels said | August 21st 2013 @ 12:16pm | ! Report

        yeah hahah I’ve heard about that

    • August 21st 2013 @ 9:29am
      Pot Stirrer said | August 21st 2013 @ 9:29am | ! Report

      I cant believe the Blues have paid 1/2 a Mil for Benji, That would have to be some serious money for an untried player based in a small country and given how hes been playing for the last 3 years. He’s openly said he wants to finish the season giving his best for the Tigers
      and from what ive seen since then his best is pretty bad and no wonder the Tigers fans have started a petition.

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