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Marshall caps golden season with award

03/12/2010 11:14:06 AM Comments (0)

New Zealand Test captain Benji Marshall capped a standout season by taking out the prestigious Rugby League Golden Boot Award.

The Wests Tigers playmaker, who led the Kiwis to the Four Nations title last month, beat fellow nominees Shaun Kenny Dowall (NZ), Paul Gallen (Australia), James Graham (England), Billy Slater (Australia) and Sam Thaiday (Australia).

"To win this award after coming back from three shoulder reconstructions, winning the Four Nations, and having my best-ever year since I've started in the NRL, is pretty overwhelming," said Marshall, who steered the Tigers into the NRL finals.

"I'm pretty excited. It is something I definitely won't take for granted."

Marshall produced a man-of-the-match performance to earn New Zealand a 16-12 win over Australian in the Four Nations final, to back up their World Cup final win in 2008.

He also put his injury woes behind him to play every game for the Tigers this season.

"I'm delighted for Benji and it is richly deserved," Tigers coach Tim Sheens said.

"Things were not always going his way.

"There was a time in the middle of the season when people were on his back and the pressure was really on him.

"To come through that and win this award is a credit to him and it exemplifies his determination and perseverance to get the job done."

The award, run by Rugby League World magazine, was decided on by a voting panel including three former Golden Boot winners in Wally Lewis, Hugh McGahan and Stacey Jones.

Former Great Britain international Garry Schofield, former England coach Phil Larder, ex-NSW coach turned broadcaster Phil Gould and journalists and supporters from both hemispheres also voted.

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