Marshall to thrive in Super Rugby
- 23 Dec 2013
Former All Black Daryl Gibson believes league convert Benji Marshall will be successful in Super Rugby.
Marshall’s first test will be when the Blues take on the Waratahs in a pre-season trial, where he will come up against another former league star, Israel Folau.
‘I reckon it'll probably be worth the admission alone seeing Benji's transition,’ said Gibson. ‘I'm sure you'll get a lot of Wests Tigers supporters being interested in how he's going. Then also to see Folau, two rugby league recruits going up against each other, it's very exciting.’
Gibson sees Marshall making as big of an impact as Folau did, and that his flamboyant playmaking style will bode well for Super Rugby.
‘For the last three or four years, he's been one of the most outstanding rugby league players for New Zealand,' Gibson said.
‘You never can say he can't do something. He's got a rugby background. He grew up in New Zealand with the game, so he's got an exciting challenge in front of him. He's joined a very young and talented Auckland team that's very similar to the Waratahs in that it's building its culture and building a team that can win.’
Marshall is likely to take the No 15 jersey and hone his skills at fullback for the Blues, while Chris Noakes will play at flyhalf.
The Blues have also acquired the talents of Ma'a Nonu, who will link up with Francis Saili, Frank Halai and Charles Piutau, who will all link up to make an exciting backline for 2014.
Photo: Simon Watts/Getty Images
What we’ve learned
Five lessons from the third round of Vodacom Super Rugby, according to SIMON BORCHARDT.
De Allende delivers big statement
South Africa’s form centre Damian de Allende continues to give Heyneke Meyer food for thought in the buildup to the 2015 World Cup, writes JON CARDINELLI.
Kriel’s a game changer
Jaco Kriel’s game-breaking ability makes him a unique prospect among South Africa’s openside contenders, writes BRENTON CHELIN.