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Benji playing two NRL positions for Tigers
Ben Horne
16:13 AEST Thu Aug 16 2012

Liam Fulton might have the No.6 on his back but says Benji Marshall is playing the dual role of halfback and five-eighth for the Wests Tigers in their NRL finals tilt.

Usually a wide-running back-rower, Fulton is the eighth halves partner for Marshall this year, as he prepares to line up in the unfamiliar position again on Friday night against Canterbury at ANZ Stadium.

Marshall has played more than half the season at halfback but Fulton says the Kiwi captain is essentially doing the work of two men.

The Tigers have been inconsistent all season but, if some Marshall magic last weekend against St George Illawarra was any indication, the superstar might have adjusted to his increased responsibility at just the right time.

"Benji is pretty much playing half and five-eighth when you look at the game," said Fulton.

"I'm not really playing as a proper five-eighth. I'm just out there supporting him and doing my role for the team."

Tigers coach Tim Sheens denied Marshall was free to roam and said his general was playing to a structure even if he doesn't have a recognised partner in the halves.

"He doesn't do whatever he likes. He's involved in the game. We do play to a structure, believe it or not. His form has been solid," said Sheens, who will likely consider Chris Lawrence or Blake Ayshford at No.6 when Lawrence returns from injury.

Without a recognised ball-player alongside him, Marshall is getting his hands on the ball more often than usual and Bulldogs skipper Michael Ennis said that only made Marshall more dangerous.

"There are guys in this competition who can do things very few other guys can do and he certainly falls into that category. Every time he has the ball in his hands, you need to be aware," said Ennis.


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