8 Feb 2014

Tahs beat Blues

6:46 am on 8 February 2014

Benji Marshall's struggled in his first Sydney outing since quitting the National Rugby League.

The former Wests Tigers star was constantly on the back foot in his 40 minutes on the field as the Blues were thrashed 33-12 by the New South Wales Waratahs in their Super Rugby trial at Allianz Stadium.

Playing behind an overpowered pack missing several All Blacks forwards, Marshall failed to find touch from a penalty and the former Kiwis captain also threw a dud pass into an unsuspecting team-mate.

Meanwhile, Kurtley Beale might have started at fullback, but the Wallabies utility put his name forward to begin his comeback season at the Waratahs in the hotly-contested No.10 jersey, after igniting his backline with the opening try, some sharp passing and then a brilliant first-half chip-and-chase.