So Un is going to come straight out and say it – Un is a Benji lover. In Un’s Humble opinion (you see what I did there), Benji is the best player in the world of rugby league at his best.
But that doesn’t mean everything when it comes to Dream Team. So how does Benji stack up with the top DT stars?
Well, in terms of attack it certainly does. Benji started the year strongly, at one point ranked third in the competition for try-assists, behind Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston, and seventh for line-break assists. Considering these are the two biggest areas of his game, that made him a handy addition to your side.
The thing that Un believes Benji holds over the other two players is his running game. While both Thurston and Cronk can break the line, Marshall’s running game takes it to another level, and that could do wonders for his DT numbers. Unfortunately he rarely hit that peak of his game in 2012, and that meant his scores hovered around the 30-50 range, instead of the 94 that he managed to pull off against the Panthers.
He also had the goal-kicking for the Tigers, a skill which he has improved remarkably since the departure of Brett Hodgson in 2008. This meant that even if the Tigers scored 18 points a game, Benji invariably picked up 6 points for goals, 10 for try-assists and 4 for line-break assists. Marshall has also took on a lot of the general play kicking in 2012 with Robbie Farah missing for extended periods, which pushed his scoring up even further.
Like any half, Benji had errors in his game and missed tackles as each game wore on, but compared to previous seasons, his numbers of these dropped considerably.
As the Tigers were hit by injury and slumped towards the end of the season, Marshall struggled to score big, hovering around the 30′s, bottoming out with 22 against the Knights.
The good news? He’ll be a bargain price in 2013.