April 2021 Featured

Benji Marshall – Rugby League Magician

When Benji Marshall finally retires, the rugby league world will be poorer for it, but glad they witnessed the career of a magician.

The sun has set on an early October day in 2005. 35 minutes into a rugby league match and this kid from Whakatane, New Zealand gets the ball five metres out from his own line. He races past one defender, skips out of a tackle from a second and hits clean air.

A big goose step and he puts the hammer down, trying to outrun the cover defence but his angle is taking him towards the sideline and out of play.

If he keeps going this way, this whole passage will have been exciting, but consigned to just the half time highlights. Filed away under “nearly a magic moment”.

He has a trick up his sleeve though. If it comes off, he’s a genius. If he fails, then he looks the fool on the NRL’s biggest stage.

When Benji Marshall finally retires, the rugby league world will be poorer for it, but glad they witnessed the career of a magician . . .

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