June 25, 2024

How did Benji Marshall unwind before leading the Wests Tigers to a resounding career-first victory as head coach over Cronulla at Leichhardt Oval? He started his day by playing 18 holes at Concord Golf Course.

Marshall, in his two NRL games at the helm of the Wests Tigers, has demonstrated his willingness to trust his instincts and make bold decisions. Initially, Jayden Sullivan wore the Tigers’ no. 7 jersey, but Marshall quickly changed course, opting for Aidan Sezer at halfback, who delivered an exceptional left-foot kicking game against the Sharks.

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It’s important to note that Marshall’s choice to play golf isn’t criticized, as the outcome against Cronulla clearly showcased the meticulous preparation of the entire Wests Tigers coaching staff. The team’s strategic play through the middle and targeting of Sharks playmaker Nicho Hynes exemplified effective coaching.

Marshall shared insights into his game day routine, emphasizing the importance of finding what works best for each individual player. For him, playing golf helps relax him and allows time for reflection and mental preparation. Other coaches, such as Wayne Bennett and Craig Fitzgibbon, also have unique methods of focusing on game day, illustrating that every coach has their own approach.

Looking ahead, Marshall acknowledges the challenge of maintaining the Tigers’ performance against Parramatta on Easter Monday.

 

In other news, it’s revealed that Sydney Roosters may have a chance to break their losing streak against Penrith, as the Panthers will likely be without key players Nathan Cleary, James Fisher-Harris, and Scott Sorensen due to injury. Cleary is expected to miss round five against Manly and potentially return for round seven against the Wests Tigers.

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