Marshall outclassed by Waratahs rookie
February 7, 2014
Stephen Hoiles crossed for a try as the Waratahs accounted for the Blues © Getty Images
All eyes were on Benji Marshall in his first Sydney outing since quitting the National Rugby League, but the former Wests Tigers star was outshone by an unheralded league convert in the New South Wales Waratahs' 33-12 Super Rugby trial win at Allianz Stadium.
Rookie winger Alofa Alofa, an ex Sydney Roosters Under-20s player, announced himself as a player to watch for the Waratahs this year with a try and several passages of dazzling footwork.
Meanwhile, Kurtley Beale might have started at fullback, but he put his name forward to begin his comeback season at the Waratahs in the hotly-contested No.10 jersey, after igniting the NSW backline with the opening try, some sharp passing and then a brilliant first-half chip-and-chase.
The match started as a dour struggle, but soon opened up, with Beale, Israel Folau and Alofa putting together a tidy highlights package as the Waratahs bounced back from last week's loss to Melbourne Rebels.