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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    • August 21st 2013 @ 10:35pm
      allblackfan said | August 21st 2013 @ 10:35pm | ! Report

      any of you guys ever consider that the Blues may be able to reinvent Benji next season? New code, new scenery, new challenges — Benji is doing something different and I reckon he will flourish. Not to mention NZ rugby DOES NOT suffer rugby league fools lightly. I could NOT believe the fuss made about SBW when he started playing at 6-7 (whatever the position is) or even about his passing game; it became obvious that no-one in the NRL watch him play rugby in NZ over the years (just an observation). NZ rugby believes in the running game more than the wallabies; just watch an ITM Cup game (NZ domestic rugby competition) to see the running, passing, tries and big hits!

    • August 25th 2013 @ 1:16pm
      Lovemytigets said | August 25th 2013 @ 1:16pm | ! Report

      Well written Dom…I have followed footy for more than 50 years…My happiest childhood memories are of my dad taking me to the football and nothing was better than heading out to the Cricket ground on Saturday for the match of the round…..Whilst we are Tigers fans and I love watching games at Leichhardt, the Saturday game at the SCG was magical……The greats of the day left you in awe for their skills, talent and guts……I have been very fortunate to see some of the most talented fottballers play the game that I love. Benji Marshall definitely falls into that category, one of those special players who come along. ….He was a wonderful ambassador for the game both on and off the field….And yes some of those “freakish ” plays he pulled off not only made me cheer but burst with pride because he was a tiger…… I was at the game yesterday at the SCG and lots of fond memories came rolling back….The Tigers showed us what we can look forward to in 2014…..They’re a young side, Luke Brooks looks the goods and I feel this team could be the start of a new football dynasty……..Benji looked good and his post match interview was brillant, he conducted himself both professionally and honestly….He admitted that it hadn’t really ended the way he planned it… Which demonstrates that Benji Marshall is human, imperfect, and someone who makes mistakes just like the rest of us…..I wish Benji all the very best in his new endeavour, I hope he achieves everything that he desires in Union and I thank him from the bottom of my heart for giving us Tiger fans a premiership, spectacular football and wonderful memories…….

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