Wests Tigers star Benji Marshall ready for 300th NRL game: Photos

The flick pass? The sidestep? Or his proven ability to keep cool and nail a match-winning field goal?

What moment sticks out best in your mind when you think of Benji Marshall?

The Wests Tigers' favourite son will run out for his 300th NRL game against the Parramatta Eels this Sunday at Bankwest Stadium.

Marshall has dazzled on the footy field since making his NRL debut way back in 2003. The name 'Marshall', like 'Robbie Farah', has become synonymous with the Tigers.


Marshall's career highlights include playing a key role in the Tigers winning the 2005 premiership.

So what is it like to play alongside the star five-eighth?

Tigers veteran Chris Lawrence first played alongside Marshall in 2006. He told the Advertiser that his popular team mate was a "legend of a bloke".

"Benji is easygoing and fun to be around. But he is also a leader, both on and off the field," he said.

"It's been a privilege to play for so many years alongside him."

Benji Marshall celebrates with Chris Lawrence after the Tigers score a try in July 2008. Picture: Tim Clayton

Benji Marshall celebrates with Chris Lawrence after the Tigers score a try in July 2008. Picture: Tim Clayton

Lawrence said Marshall had "one of the smartest footy brains I've ever seen".

"Benji is a pretty open guy, so what you see is what you get," he said.

"I learn new things off him all the time."

Lawrence said he had many favourite Marshall moments, but one particular on-field memory stood out for him.

"I don't remember what year it was, but we were up against the Melbourne Storm at Leichhardt Oval," he said.

"Benji ran out wide, dummied once or twice before doing a no-look pass to me and I dived over to score.

"He fooled everyone [with that play]. Benji backed himself, as he always has."

Tigers winger and Ruse product David Nofoaluma made his debut in 2013.

Nofoaluma said Marshall had a great ability to bring positive morale to the Tigers team.

"His leadership and how he directs and leads the team is so impressive," he said.

"Benji is a very experienced player, but he is also a very good person.

"There's only one Benji Marshall."

Tigers winger David Nofoaluma is wrapped up in a tackle by Roosters star Cooper Cronk on July 5 at Bankwest Stadium. Picture: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Tigers winger David Nofoaluma is wrapped up in a tackle by Roosters star Cooper Cronk on July 5 at Bankwest Stadium. Picture: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Sunday's game shapes up as a season-defining contest for the Tigers.

The Tigers currently sit in ninth spot on the NRL ladder, just behind the Eels and Cronulla Sharks.

Wests will enter the match on the back of a 24-16 loss to the Sydney Roosters.

Lawrence admitted it had been a "rollercoaster season" for his team, but said the Tigers were working hard to "get better and build".

"We've been good in patches but have not put in a full 80-minute performance," he said.

"Our execution against the Roosters was poor. We created a number of [scoring] opportunities, but we're working really hard to fix that.

"We have some things we need to fix up, but the boys are feeling really good."