LIVE: Roosters put faith in fourth-stringer

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All eyes contiguous volition beryllium connected Ben Marschke, the antheral who was handed the keys to the No.9 duties successful the aftermath of Sam Verrills' two-game suspension.

Marschke, 24, has reaped the benefits of the Tricolours' wounded curse this season.

Following the forced status of champion hooker Jake Friend, on with Verrills' lengthy layoff owed to oculus wounded earlier this year, Marschke was handed a fig of opportunities passim this season.

And aft the Roosters loaned Freddy Lussick to the Dragons, manager Trent Robinson's options astatine No.9 are severely limited, which has opened the doorway for Marschke this evening.

The emerging hooker, who's understood to bash beryllium connected conscionable a improvement contract, volition commencement astatine hooker arsenic the injury-hit Roosters look to origin an upset against red-hot favourites Manly.

"Ben volition travel in; helium has played a batch of games successful the middle," Robinson said earlier this week.

"It was bully to get him backmost to the nine and playing with immoderate of the guys helium had played successful inferior reps with done the nether 20s.

"Having him backmost astatine North Sydney and watching him play with the tenacity helium plays with, it's been rather an casual prime to bring him successful there.

"He's a truly popular, affirmative feline and helium takes his clip to assistance the different guys successful and astir training. He is ever upbeat and positive.

"He has played a batch of footy. We knew the script going into Tuesday night, and present Benny gets his opportunity. It's a truly important relation and Benny has a existent hooker temperament."

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