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Benji Marshall

Captain - Five-Eighth

Wests Tigers

Player Bio

Height:
183 cm
Weight:
91 kg
Age:
33
Date of Birth:
25 February 1985
Birthplace:
Whakatane, NZ
Nickname:
-
Debut Club:
Wests Tigers
Opposition:
Newcastle Knights
Date:
27 July 2003
Round:
20
Previous Clubs:
St. George Illawarra Dragons, Brisbane Broncos
Junior Club:
Keebra Park High School
Biography:

A product of Keebra Park High School, Marshall played junior representative football for Australia in both touch football and rugby league with the 2003 Australian Schoolboys. Although eligible for the Kangaroos, Marshall would declare his allegiance to New Zealand at a young age.

Marshall would make his first-grade debut for Wests Tigers in 2003, coming off the bench to play fullback in a dominant win for his side over Newcastle Knights. He would go on to play just three more games that season, given he was still studying at high school.

Helping Wests Tigers win the pre-season Sevens tournament in 2004, Marshall would suffer a dislocated shoulder twice throughout the year, before returning to the team full-time in 2005. That year, he would star as Tim Sheens’ side took the NRL by storm to clinch the club’s maiden premiership — famously setting up Pat Richards with the iconic flick pass in the Grand Final win over North Queensland.

Marshall would make his international debut for New Zealand that year in the ANZAC Test, while also featuring in the end-of-season Tri Nations.

Injuries would continue to hamper Marshall throughout 2006 and 2007, suffering dislocated and fractured shoulders on a number of occasions. He suffered a knee ligament tear in Round 3 of 2008, before returning later that year to help guide New Zealand to their first ever World Cup win.

Switching between halfback and five-eighth, Marshall’s game would reach new heights over the next few years. He was named as captain of New Zealand in 2009, before being named as the Five-Eighth of the Year by the Rugby League International Federation.

In 2010, Marshall became the club’s all-time top try-scorer (surpassing Daniel Fitzhenry) and a contract extension with the club that kept him at Wests Tigers until the end of 2015. He featured for the NRL All Stars as captain of New Zealand, before going on to feature in every game throughout the year for the first time in his career.

Marshall was named Man of the Match in the Kiwis Four Nations win over Australia later that year, and continued to receive individual accolades with the Golden Boot Award for the best rugby league player in the world. He remains the only Wests Tigers player to have ever won this award.

The fleet-footed playmaker was named Halfback of the Year in 2011 by the Rugby League International Federation — a year that saw him finish as the top points scorer in the NRL and also surpass Brett Hodgson as the club’s all-time top points-scorer.

In 2012, Marshall again played every game for Wests Tigers and led the league in both try assists and line break assists. He captained the NRL All Stars to victory, was nominated as the Dally M Halfback of the Year, became the first player in club history to record 1000 points in the NRL and also broke the record for most appearances as New Zealand captain (20).

He would announce his decision to leave Wests Tigers the following year as he made the switch to rugby union with the Auckland Blues, before returning to the NRL in 2014 with the St. George-Illawarra Dragons. He would help the Dragons to an Elimination Final appearance in 2015, a year that saw him re-establish himself as a premiere playmaker with a second-placed finish in the Dally M Player of the Year voting.

Marshall played his 250th NRL game against Wests Tigers in 2016 (helping the Dragons to a comfortable victory), before signing with the Brisbane Broncos in 2017. Again, he helped the team to the finals — this time going down to the Melbourne Storm in the Preliminary Final.

In August that year, Marshall would confirm he was returning to Wests Tigers in 2018 to finish his career where it all began. An injury to Josh Reynolds on the eve of Round 1 saw the veteran playmaker thrust in to the starting role, with his experience helping Wests Tigers down the Sydney Roosters for the first time since 2011. Reynolds’ unavailability throughout the year saw Marshall feature in 21 games for Wests Tigers, more than many expected prior to the year, with the five-eighth making more tackles than in any other season in his career.

He would announce his decision to re-sign with Wests Tigers for one more season, retiring at the end of 2019. He is currently the third most capped player in Wests Tigers history, and could reach the illustrious 300-game club in 2019 (currently on 289 career appearances).

Career

Appearances
289
Tries
88

2018 Season

Appearances
21

Scoring

Tries
3

Kicking

Forced Drop Outs
11
Average Kicking Metres
212.5

Attack

Try Assists
5
Line Break Assists
5

Passing

Offloads
12
Receipts
847

Defence

Tackles Made
338
Tackle Efficiency

Running Metres

Average Running Metres
41.8
Total Running Metres
877

Fantasy

Total Points
649
Average Points
30.9

2018 Season - By Round

2018 Season - By Round
Round Opponent Score Position Minutes Played Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Linebreaks Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Hit Up Running Metres Kick Return Metres
1 Roosters Won 10 - 8 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 299 2 - - 1 14 - 48 10 5 65 - -
2 Storm Won 8 - 10 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 251 - - - 1 5 2 47 9 4 73 - -
3 Broncos Lost 7 - 9 Five-Eighth 88 - - - 295 - - - - - - 46 14 2 15 - -
4 Eels Won 30 - 20 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 255 - - - 3 - - 43 25 2 26 - -
5 Storm Won 11 - 10 Five-Eighth 80 - - 1 219 - - - 1 6 3 36 18 4 40 - -
6 Sea Eagles Won 12 - 38 Five-Eighth 80 2 - 8 220 1 - 3 5 17 1 49 8 4 128 - -
7 Knights Lost 20 - 22 Five-Eighth 71 - - - 224 1 - - 1 14 - 36 19 3 52 10 -
8 Eels Lost 24 - 22 Five-Eighth 80 1 - 4 327 - - 1 2 6 - 37 20 6 38 - -
9 Warriors Lost 26 - 4 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 124 - - - 2 8 2 35 19 3 21 - 3
10 Cowboys Won 20 - 12 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 314 1 - - 4 27 - 49 10 5 97 - -
11 Panthers Lost 16 - 2 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 136 - - - 4 7 1 35 23 5 33 - -
12 Bulldogs Won 14 - 10 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 87 1 1 - - 2 - 31 21 2 7 - 7
13 Roosters Lost 16 - 14 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 98 2 - - - 8 - 41 17 2 26 - -
18 Dragons Won 16 - 20 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 427 1 - - 2 2 1 47 13 3 26 - -
19 Rabbitohs Won 22 - 6 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 180 - - - 1 6 - 40 15 5 14 - -
20 Bulldogs Lost 16 - 4 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 126 - 1 - 2 9 - 52 24 1 30 - -
21 Knights Won 16 - 25 Five-Eighth 65 - - - 215 1 - - - 2 1 31 10 4 13 - -
22 Raiders Won 20 - 22 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 170 - 1 - - - - 35 20 4 18 - -
23 Dragons Lost 10 - 20 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 148 - - - 2 14 - 43 13 7 65 - -
24 Sea Eagles Won 22 - 20 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 177 1 - - - 6 1 38 15 7 30 - -
25 Rabbitohs Lost 51 - 10 Five-Eighth 80 - - - 173 - 2 - 3 11 - 28 15 2 49 - -

Career By Season

Career By Season
Year Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Goal Conversion Rate Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Wests Tigers 2003 4 2 2 - 50% 1 - 4 349 87.25 - - 1 5 - 21 9 534 133.50 102 - -
Wests Tigers 2004 7 4 3 - 57% 2 - 8 322 46.00 - - 4 3 - 97 25 621 88.71 - - -
Wests Tigers 2005 27 18 9 - 67% 15 - 60 297 11.00 - - 12 32 - 335 95 2,862 106.00 135 - -
Wests Tigers 2006 11 6 5 - 55% 3 4 20 326 29.64 80.00% - 7 11 - 104 29 991 90.09 57 - -
Wests Tigers 2007 13 5 8 - 38% 6 40 104 1,675 128.85 76.92% - 5 6 - 92 34 1,169 89.92 140 - -
Wests Tigers 2008 18 9 9 - 50% 6 18 60 2,480 137.78 75.00% - 17 13 - 150 65 1,293 71.83 31 - -
Wests Tigers 2009 23 12 11 - 52% 8 69 170 5,756 250.26 66.99% - 24 24 - 220 50 1,951 84.83 190 - -
Wests Tigers 2010 27 16 11 - 59% 12 76 203 6,573 243.44 66.09% - 23 22 - 266 79 2,162 80.07 137 - -
Wests Tigers 2011 25 16 9 - 64% 13 78 211 6,157 246.28 72.90% - 24 30 - 221 77 2,002 80.08 107 - -
Wests Tigers 2012 24 11 13 - 46% 5 72 167 9,077 378.21 75.79% - 35 22 - 255 96 1,159 48.29 71 - -
Wests Tigers 2013 22 7 15 - 32% 5 45 111 5,288 240.35 70.31% 6 12 11 996 245 53 1,012 46.03 - 1 -
Dragons 2014 15 7 8 - 47% 3 - 12 3,472 231.49 - 8 13 14 725 154 30 754 50.29 2 529 35.3
Dragons 2015 23 12 11 - 52% 3 - 15 5,952 258.77 - 15 22 12 1,111 208 52 1,213 52.74 3 826 35.9
Dragons 2016 16 6 10 - 38% 2 - 8 3,888 242.98 - 11 11 10 816 197 47 1,052 65.78 1 562 35.1
Broncos 2017 13 - - - - 1 - 4 1,260 96.92 - 1 3 2 350 125 27 601 46.23 - 282 21.7
Wests Tigers 2018 21 12 9 - 57% 3 - 13 4,463 212.53 - 11 5 12 847 338 80 877 41.77 10 649 30.9

Career Overall

Career Overall
Year Start Year End Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Goal Conversion Rate Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Broncos 2017 2017 13 6 7 - - 1 - 4 1,261 97.03 - - 3 2 - 125 27 597 45.00 8 283 21.8
Dragons 2014 2016 54 25 29 - - 8 - 35 13,312 246.51 - - 46 36 - 559 129 3,019 55.00 7 1,925 35.6
Wests Tigers
2003
2018
2013
2018
222 118 104 - - 79 402 1,131 42,763 192.62 71.02% - 169 191 - 2,344 692 16,633 74.00 980 655 15.2

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