NRL: Tigers plan unhappy homecoming for Marshall

Benji Marshall will face his old team the Wests Tigers this weekend. Photo / Getty Images
Benji Marshall will face his old team the Wests Tigers this weekend. Photo / Getty Images

The Wests Tigers cubs say they owe a debt of inspiration to former halfback Benji Marshall and want to repay him by outshining him on Sunday.

St George Illawarra playmaker Marshall will come up against his former NRL club for the first time since returning from a stint in New Zealand rugby union when the two sides meet at ANZ Stadium.

The Tigers have moved on from the Marshall era with young guns Luke Brooks, Mitchell Moses and Curtis Sironen beginning to fulfil their considerable promise.

Moses set the rugby league world buzzing with a blistering display in his side's 46-18 defeat of the Bulldogs on Sunday.

Moses was 11 when a Marshall-led Tigers stormed to the joint venture's first premiership in 2005.

He said as a young kid he was inspired by Marshall's heroics and the former Kiwi half also took him under his wing when he arrived at Concord.

However, he said there would be no room for emotion and the Tigers would be ruthless when they come up against their former captain on Sunday.

"When I had my first pre-season here, Benji was here," Moses said.

"I took a lot of stuff from him, he was always happy to help me and Luke (Brooks) out whenever we needed it. I thought he had a big impact on my football.

The win over the Bulldogs eased the pressure on under-fire coach Mick Potter. An internal review was heavily critical of Potter and said he failed to communicate.

Tigers players have strongly denied they were behind a push to axe Potter and they still had a desire to win for their coach.

The Tigers and Dragons go into Sunday's match in similar positions - both have young squads and sit on the edge of the eight having had inconsistent starts to the season.

Prop Aaron Woods said the playing unit had spoken about their up-and-down form and would not be happy until they're winning on a regular basis

"We can't perform for just one week," he said.

"We've got to back it up again next week, that's going to be the real test ... We need to win every game on the way home and we've already got our eyes on next week.

"We had a good win (against the Dogs) but we'll go back into training and look at where we could be better."

- AAP

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