Marshall: Finding The Right Balance
St George Illawarra Dragons halfback Benji Marshall admits it he is finding his form leading into the fixture against the Penrith Panthers at Sportingbet Stadium, Penrith on Saturday.
The Keebra Park junior has taken to the field twice for the Red V since arriving a month ago and concedes he is still working on his new partnership with five-eighth Gareth Widdop.
Additionally, while the New Zealand international orchestrated five of the six tries in the team’s recent victory over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, he acknowledges that there is still work to be done personally.
“It’s always going to take time and I’m not kidding myself, we did play an under strength Cronulla side,” said Marshall.
“Over the past couple of weeks I feel I felt guilty of trying to be good straight away and that I needed to help score off every play.
“The past weekend I tried to build the game a lot better and not putting people under pressure which helped a bit.
“I have watched old tapes of myself to see what I was doing better previously and how I needed to work on things which have helped.
“I figured out a couple of things along the way which I applied to my game on the weekend [against the Sharks].
“I guess I need to be less of the ball player and more so take on the line.
“Gareth is such a talented player both on the ball and the run and he is someone we probably need to get the ball more to.
“I feel that’s part of my role as well sharing the position with Gareth.
“It’s about finding that balance and trying to take the pressure off one another.”