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Sunday, 14 July 2019

Marshall breaks silence on future amid 300th party


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Despite notching his 300th NRL game, Wests Tigers favourite Benji Marshall has stressed his sole focus is seeing his side qualify for finals footy.

It wasn’t the result the Tigers would have hoped to put on for their veteran’s special day, as they fell to the Parramatta Eels 30-18 at Bankwest Stadium.

Following the game a humble Marshall took time to thank the people who had influenced his stellar career and confirmed he had not yet made a decision over his playing future.

“Apart from the result tonight I’ve had a wonderful week,” Marshall told Nine.

Benji Marshall celebrates his 300th NRL game

“In terms of celebrating the adversity I’ve been through in my career with my injuries, and even more importantly having my family here as a token of my thanks for them for how they’ve gotten me through these years.

“No I haven’t[made a decision on my future]. I know they’re going to try and talk to me soon but I just try to put that to the side for now and focus on making the finals, it’s a big deal for us.

“That’s been my focus, I just don’t want to confuse worrying about next year with now. The fact that we’ve lost tonight, it’s even more important.”

Eels star Mitchell Moses, playing against his former club, was superb, setting up two tries and booting seven goals from seven attempts - including several difficult attempts from the sideline.

Tigers open the scoring

Brad Takairangi also finished with a hat-trick as the Eels jumped into sixth spot on 20 points, leaving them well positioned to make a charge for the top four during the post-Origin period.

The damage was done in the 10 minutes before halftime with Takairangi running in back-to-back tries from consecutive sets which gave his team a 16-4 lead at the break.

Takairangi's first came in the 33rd minute after Parramatta were controversially handed possession when Luke Brooks was ruled to have knocked on after Blake Ferguson flung the ball in-field.

Replays suggested Ferguson's body went into touch but the Eels retained possession and capitalised on the opportunity.

The Tigers' handling was woeful in the first half, completing just 10 of 16 sets, and the first time they ventured into the Eels' red zone after halftime, they converted it into points via David Nofoaluma.

The Tigers looked like they were set to get back within two points when Corey Thompson reeled in a Nofoaluma grubber but he was ruled offside, only for the Eels to run upfield and score via Ferguson.

The home side stayed in touch when Moses Mbye dribbled the ball along the ground out of a tackle and Robert Jennings made it 22-12.

But Takairangi's third put the icing on the cake.

The 24,125-strong crowd went up in unison when Marshall almost went over late in the piece but was held up, only for Nofoaluma to get his second.

It was the second-straight loss for the Tigers as they blew a golden chance to jump back into the top eight.

- with AAP

Despite notching his 300th NRL game, Wests Tigers favourite Benji Marshall has stressed his sole focus is seeing his side qualify for finals footy.

It wasn’t the result the Tigers would have hoped to put on for their veteran’s special day, as they fell to the Parramatta Eels 30-18 at Bankwest Stadium.

Following the game a humble Marshall took time to thank the people who had influenced his stellar career and confirmed he had not yet made a decision over his playing future.

“Apart from the result tonight I’ve had a wonderful week,” Marshall told Nine.

Benji Marshall celebrates his 300th NRL game

“In terms of celebrating the adversity I’ve been through in my career with my injuries, and even more importantly having my family here as a token of my thanks for them for how they’ve gotten me through these years.

“No I haven’t[made a decision on my future]. I know they’re going to try and talk to me soon but I just try to put that to the side for now and focus on making the finals, it’s a big deal for us.

“That’s been my focus, I just don’t want to confuse worrying about next year with now. The fact that we’ve lost tonight, it’s even more important.”

Eels star Mitchell Moses, playing against his former club, was superb, setting up two tries and booting seven goals from seven attempts - including several difficult attempts from the sideline.

Tigers open the scoring

Brad Takairangi also finished with a hat-trick as the Eels jumped into sixth spot on 20 points, leaving them well positioned to make a charge for the top four during the post-Origin period.

The damage was done in the 10 minutes before halftime with Takairangi running in back-to-back tries from consecutive sets which gave his team a 16-4 lead at the break.

Takairangi's first came in the 33rd minute after Parramatta were controversially handed possession when Luke Brooks was ruled to have knocked on after Blake Ferguson flung the ball in-field.

Replays suggested Ferguson's body went into touch but the Eels retained possession and capitalised on the opportunity.

The Tigers' handling was woeful in the first half, completing just 10 of 16 sets, and the first time they ventured into the Eels' red zone after halftime, they converted it into points via David Nofoaluma.

The Tigers looked like they were set to get back within two points when Corey Thompson reeled in a Nofoaluma grubber but he was ruled offside, only for the Eels to run upfield and score via Ferguson.

The home side stayed in touch when Moses Mbye dribbled the ball along the ground out of a tackle and Robert Jennings made it 22-12.

But Takairangi's third put the icing on the cake.

The 24,125-strong crowd went up in unison when Marshall almost went over late in the piece but was held up, only for Nofoaluma to get his second.

It was the second-straight loss for the Tigers as they blew a golden chance to jump back into the top eight.

- with AAP

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