Sport ‘His form’s deteriorated’: Michael Ennis takes bizarre shot at Wests Tigers matchwinner Benji Marshall

03:23  10 april  2018
03:23  10 april  2018 Source:   Sporting News

Marshall turns back clock in Tigers win

  Marshall turns back clock in Tigers win Benji Marshall has had a role in three Wests Tigers tries as they beat the winless Parramatta 30-20 to go into the NRL's top four.In doubt during the week with an ankle injury, Marshall was at his light-footed best on Monday as he had a hand in three of the Tigers' five tries as they leapt to a 30-6 lead before the Eels recovered late.

THE only reason Mitchell Moses has been given a shot in the NRL is because the Wests Tigers took a giant gamble and punted their pin-up Benji Marshall .

Wests - Tigers legend backflips on Benji Marshall . Wests - Tigers club legend Benny Elias has given Benji Marshall a huge boost in welcoming him back to the club, taking back his critical comments when Marshall left at the end of 2013.

a close up of Benji Marshall© Provided by Sportal com au Commentator Michael Ennis says his former Canterbury Bulldogs teammate Josh Reynolds should replace Benji Marshall at five-eighth for the Wests Tigers’ clash against Manly.

Marshall’s form in the number six jumper this season has been nothing short of sensational, with the 33-year-old given an opportunity at five-eighth after Reynolds suffered a hamstring injury on the eve of round one.

The former Kiwi international has played an instrumental role in the Tigers’ stunning start to 2018, which has seen them win four of their first five games to occupy a spot in the top four against all the odds.

Brooks' confidence grows under Cleary

  Brooks' confidence grows under Cleary Luke Brooks' confidence has grown rapidly in the past year under coach Ivan Cleary and it is showing in the Wests Tigers' 3-1 start to the NRL season.Tuesday marks exactly 12 months since Cleary was signed by the then-embattled club, marking a significant turnaround in their plight as they climbed into the NRL's top four on Monday.

MICK Potter has called on Wests Tigers fans who have turned on Benji Marshall to get behind the struggling superstar for his final three games. “Wish him well for the future.” There is no denying Benji ’ s form all year has been ordinary but over the past month it has deteriorated to the point

Having spent the past four seasons away from his beloved Wests Tigers , Benji Marshall , is busy showing the club' s long suffering fans what they have been missing. He' s also formed a deadly halves partnership with Luke Brooks, and Marshall was keen to deflect praise to his younger charge.

He booted the winning field goal in the Tigers’ 11-10 victory over the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday, seven minutes out from full-time.

But with new recruit Reynolds due to return this weekend, Cleary faces the dilemma of whether to include the former Bulldog at five-eighth at the expense of Marshall, or stick with the winning combination of Marshall and Luke Brooks in the halves.

Ennis says Reynolds should be thrown straight into the playmaking role, in what will be his first game for the Tigers since joining the club on a lucrative four-year deal, reportedly worth around $900,000 per season.

“He’s got a tough challenge ahead of him Ivan Cleary with Josh Reynolds back and fit this week,” Ennis said on Fox League programme Big League Wrap.

“I think Josh should play number six.

“I think Benji Marshall, whilst he’s been good, I think his form’s deteriorated the last two weeks.

“He’s had some errors around his game.

“He even said that in the press conference after the game, that he wasn’t pleased with his performance.

“And I thought Luke Brooks really stood up while Benji was a bit loose the other day.

“I think Benji (should) go back to the bench and Josh come into the number six role.”

Reynolds cops NRL shoulder bone fracture .
Wests Tigers' Josh Reynolds will miss between 4-6 weeks of the NRL season due to a fractured shoulder bone.Reynolds was hurt playing at hooker in his first game for the Tigers in Sunday's 38-12 win over Manly, but played through towards the end of the match.

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