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Marshall decision relief for NRL club

David Beniuk 25/08/2011 08:41:37 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah says star playmaker Benji Marshall has had a massive weight removed from his shoulders with the dismissal of an assault charge.

Marshall was on Wednesday cleared of a charge of assaulting a man at a McDonalds restaurant in the Sydney CBD in March.

The Tigers five-eighth has been in brilliant form in his side's run of six straight victories as the NRL season heads towards the finals.

"First and foremost it's a massive relief for Benji now that it's all been settled and a massive weight off his shoulders," Farah said.

"We're just pleased for him. We supported him every step of the way and we're just glad that he can get on with things now and focus on what's going to be a pretty demanding couple of months."

Asked if Marshall's clear head would mean he could play even better, Farah said he was content with the standard already set.

"We're just happy for him to keep going the way he is," he said.

"He's playing pretty good at the moment and if he can continue that I think we'll all be pretty happy."

It's been all good news for the Tigers, who experienced a mid-season hiccup as several players sorted out their futures.

Injured internationals Lote Tuqiri and Gareth Ellis will return for Monday night's clash with strugglers Gold Coast at Campbelltown.

"There's a lot of work to be done, it's not easy," Farah said.

"We know semi-finals are coming up and the stars have to align for everything to go smoothly.

"We've had a good run but there's still two weeks to go and we've got Gareth and Lote back this week so hopefully we can ease them back in, build some confidence for Lote who hasn't had the best of years in terms of injuries.

"You've got to have your best side on the park at the right time of the year and hopefully we can get somewhere about there in the next few weeks."

Test centre Chris Lawrence (hamstring) is due back for week one of the finals.

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