NRL: Five times Benji Marshall wowed the NRL

By Sam Hewat

Benji Marshall's NRL career may be over with news the Dragons have dropped him for their next match. Photo / Getty
Benji Marshall's NRL career may be over with news the Dragons have dropped him for their next match. Photo / Getty

At his height, Benji Marshall was one of the best halves in rugby league.

Now, he faces a sad end to his NRL career with all reports suggesting the Dragons have dropped Marshall with just two regular season games to play.

It's the first time he has been axed during his incredible NRL career and puts a small blotch against a legacy that dates all the way back to 2003.

Since then, Marshall has won an NRL premiership, a World Cup, the Golden Boot Award for the world's best player and finished the 2015 Dally M medal race in equal-second spot behind Johnathan Thurston.

Not only that, but he's created some of the most glorious individual highlights over the past 13 years.

We take a look at just five of Marshall's greatest moments.

5. Just ONE of Benji's Infamous Flick Passes - West Tigers v Eels (2009)

How can you pick one pass from a myriad of Marshall brilliance?

His highlight reel is riddled with behind-the-back passes, no-lookers and absolute peaches. But this one against the Eels in 2009 will always be a fan favourite.

Not just the dummy that sold half the Eels defense, but the pass to Blake Ayshford to set up the try. All just pure beauty.

4. Half-Field Pass - West Tigers v Storm (2011)

It was one of those moments that came from absolutely nowhere, but Benji made it look like second nature.

A 30m pass from the centre of the field out to winger and friend Beau Ryan.

Pin-point precision and power. So easy, Benji could probably have thrown it 40m...

3. 50m Field Goal - West Tigers v Titans (2010)

What more can you say?

The scores were level and Marshall stepped in, or out...from 50m...

2. Marshall Try World Cup Final - New Zealand v Australia (2008)

It was an utter brain explosion from Kangaroos fullback Billy Slater, but it was a golden moment for Marshall.

The kick chased perfectly by his supporting players, and Marshall in the right place at the right time to snatch the game-defining try.

It put the Kiwis up by six with 20 minutes to play. They would go on to win 34-20 and win the rugby league World Cup for the first and only time to date.

1. "The Greatest Try In Grand Final History" - West Tigers v Cowboys (2005)

It was Benji's defining moment.

At just 19 years of age, he showed the world just how he could become one of the most potent halves in the game.

Running 60m solo was one thing, but the glorious flick pass that is forever immortalised in rugby league history is what made this one of the greatest Grand Final tries ever.

Notable Mention:

Marshalls "hot stepping" against the Cronulla Sharks in 2005 will always come up.

It was a scintillating piece of individual skill that made the game look like a touch match.

His quick feet followed by the no-look pass help set up one of the tries of the year.

- NZ Herald

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