'Passes were s**t': Benji Marshall's spray for new South Sydney teammate

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Benji Marshall (pictured right) passing the ball during training and Damien Cook (pictured left) with his hands on his hips.
Benji Marshall (pictured right) revealed what he said when he gave NSW hooker Damien Cook (pictured left) a spray at training. (Getty Images)

New South Sydney recruit Benji Marshall has made his presence felt after giving State of Origin hooker Damien Cook a spray at training.

The veteran of 324 games will turn 36 on Thursday and accepts he can't expect to be a regular starter in Wayne Bennett's powerful squad.

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But the revered playmaker admitted one of the reasons he believes he was brought into the team was to pass on his experience.

And the New Zealand playmaker did just that after he targeted one of the team's leaders to make a point.

Cook revealed last week that Marshall gave him a spray for 's**t' passes during training.

And now Marshall has revealed what exactly went down.

“Cooky... He’s a dribbler,” Marshall joked on Fox Sports News.

“But part of being in a team, people have just got to take it the right way. It’s not about putting people on show, it’s just an expectation that you have from each other."

Marshall explained his had stance brought out a positive reaction from the team.

Damien Cook offloads the ball during game three of the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on November 18, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia.
Damien Cook offloads the ball during game three of the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on November 18, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

“I needed him to know that his passes were s**t,” Marshall added.

“And you know what? I got a reaction because he was out there practising his passing at the end of training and what that does to all the young guys is, well Damien Cook plays Origin but he’s out there at the end of training still practising his passes at the end of training.

“That’s what it’s about."

Marshall targets utility role

Fresh from a quality playmaking performance for the Maori team in Saturday night's draw with the Indigenous All Stars, Marshall is confident he can still have a significant on-field impact.

He is aiming for a role coming off the bench to help a strong Bunnies outfit.

"If I have to come off the bench and play a sort of a role through the middle, that's fine - a second hooker maybe or ball player, a bit like how (Queensland's) Michael Morgan plays Origin when he comes off the bench, that sort of role," said Marshall.

"I haven't really talked to Wayne about it."

with AAP

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