2018 has been a pleasing year for Tigers centre Esan Marsters so far, who could be in line for a Kiwis debut this year. Marsters was instrumental in his side’s 20-12 win over the Cowboys, scoring a try and kicking the conversion to put his side up by eight points, securing the win.
Benji Marshall was also instrumental in his first appearance at Leichardt Oval since 2013, with a strong kicking performance guiding his side’s attack. New Kiwis coach Michael Maguire said that he will choose his side purely based on form, leading to suggestions Benji may return to international football after a strong start to the season.
Kiwi internationals played their part in the Rooster’s victory over the Warriors in New Zealand. Kiwi #755 Jared Warea-Hargreaves racked up 174 running metres coming off the bench, as well as Isaac Liu scoring under the posts late on and adding a linebreak. Both men could also find themselves in the Kiwis side later in the year.
Kiwi #769 Alex Glenn, who has garnered 12 Test appearances for the Kiwis, is another experienced forward who has fallen to injury in 2018 for the Broncos. Glenn was enjoying a strong campaign with three tries as well as averaging over 90 running metres a game. He went down with a medial ligament injury, and is expected to miss around a month.
The Sharks came from behind to beat the Raiders 24-16 in Canberra, with one of three second half tries scored by Auckland-born Sosaia Feki. He is yet to return to his 2016 premiership winning form, but with five wins in seven games for the Sharks, Feki should improve accordingly.
By Lachlan Waugh