Wests Tigers halfback Benji Marshall says he's relishing being back in the side and contributing to strong performances on the field... which is only making the veteran playmaker hungry for more.
Having started his first game on the weekend in over a month, Marshall says time spent working tirelessly at training session and doing extras to be at his peak performance for game day proved key — picking up three Dally M points en route to his side's biggest victory in over a decade as they trounced the Broncos 48-0.
“When you get dropped — it’s not always about the why but what you do after it and come back from it," Marshall reflected.
“I wanted to work hard and push my case every day at training.
"All the things that Madge wanted me to be better at, I worked really hard and got a reward on the weekend.
“It’s one of those things that you have standards within the team – if you don’t live up to the standard then the Coach does something about it and you've just to get back on top of it. It doesn’t mean you’re the worst player in the team — you've just got to get back to what you do well."
Marshall's performance on the weekend where he scored a try and set up two others was proof of that renewed determination.
“You look at all the things you do well and all the things you need to work on," he reflected.
"I think it was the best thing that could have happened to me. You go back and find a bit of hunger,.
“Every day at training you’ve got to prove yourself again and I thought I found something in those four weeks in me that I needed to bring that out on the weekend. All it takes is one bad performance and anyone could be in the same spot. You need to pull out every weekend.
"I found more hunger than I had before. My defence wasn't good enough and Madge made that pretty clear [so] I went back and worked on that.
“It’s what it’s about in professional rugby league," he added.
"If you don’t turn up on the day with the right attitude then you won’t get the result you want. We have to turn up ready to play on the weekend.”
Match: Eels v Wests Tigers
Round 11 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney