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globalrugbyleague - Sun, 18 May 2008 20:05:00 GMT



Benji Marshall put on a performance to remember after returning from injury to help the Wests Tigers blow Newcastle off the park 38-26 on Sunday afternoon.

Marshall yanked two tries, kicked an impressive 40-20 which helped engineer another try while using a cross field kick to create another touchdown as the Tigers claimed a seven-tries-to-five victory in front of 20,154 fans.

Tigers skipper Brett Hodgson - who is heading to Huddersfield next season - had a great opening half, overcoming a finger dislocation to snatch a double try while Knights five-eighth Chris Bailey exhibited a first-half hat-trick to lock the scoreboard at 16-all heading into the break.

The visitors trailed 22-16 shortly after half-time but then Marshall sparked a comeback with four tries to hand the 2005 premiers a match-winning 38-22 lead.

In front of the locals, the Knights did everything they could to restore some law and order on the field when Cooper Vuna scored a 70 metre try in the 70th minute.

However from that point on the Tigers defence stood as solid as the Great Wall of China.

The win takes Wests Tigers to 12 competition points and leaves them in eighth position on the ladder.

Wests Tigers 38 (B Hodgson 2, B Marshall 2, L Fulton, S McDonnell, B Te'o tries; B Hodgson 5 goals) def NEWCASTLE 26 (C Bailey 3, S Dureau, C Vuna tries; W Naiqama 3 goals) at EnergyAustralia Stadium. Referee: S Hampstead. Crowd: 20,154. GRL Top Bloke Of The Game: Brett Hodgson Penalties: Knights 3-2 - Read More, Here