He has copped his fair share of criticism of late by Tigers fans and repeatedly at that but it was a performance from Benji Marshall that will have Tigers fans celebrating, as he guided his side to a 17-12 victory over the Canberra Raiders at Campbelltown Stadium.
The loss continued the rather poor away record of the Raiders, their seventh away loss in eight games this year, as it thwarted any possibility the club had of winning three games on the trot for the first time this year.
It was a see-sawing affair that saw some brilliant attacking play, including a lovely try by Tim Simona who contorted his body and grounded the ball, with the win one the Tigers can be proud of and one that they desperately needed.
The news does not get better for the Raiders, with back-rower Joel Thompson placed on report for a shoulder charge.
The news was not much better for the Tigers despite the win, with fill-in hooker Masada Iosefa suffering a broken forearm and returning centre Chris Lawrence placed on report for a shoulder charge.
In what was a turbulent week, Benji can electronic cigarettes be taken on a plane said he was just pleased to get a win on the board at the end of it.
“I just wanted to do my job today and that was to lead by example and control the game,” Marshall said.
“I thought last week I let the control get away from me in the game, so I just wanted to get that back.”
Benji, filling in as captain, was praised by coach Mick Potter, who labeled the performance as a “great captain’s knock”.
“I said to him after the game that he really led by example,” Potter said.
“He’s been trying, it’s not lack of trying, and I think it just came together tonight.”
What disappointed Raiders coach David Furner, was his side’s missed opportunity and their impatience at times in attack.
“What we’ve been very good at is just being patient and I didn’t think we were,” Furner said.
“A couple of times there forcing offloads, not getting to the areas where we needed to.
“The more the game went on, the more we gave them an opportunity to win it.”
3. Benji Marshall
2. Shaun Fensom
1. Tim Simona