All eyes tonight will be on Ben Marschke, the man who was handed the keys to the No.9 duties in the wake of Sam Verrills’ two-game suspension.
Marschke, 24, has reaped the benefits of the Tricolours’ injury curse this season.
Following the forced retirement of champion hooker Jake Friend, along with Verrills’ lengthy layoff due to eye injury earlier this year, Marschke was handed a number of opportunities throughout this season.
And after the Roosters loaned Freddy Lussick to the Dragons, coach Trent Robinson’s options at No.9 are severely limited, which has opened the door for Marschke this evening.
The emerging hooker, who’s understood to do be on just a development contract, will start at hooker as the injury-hit Roosters look to cause an upset against red-hot favourites Manly.
“Ben will come in; he has played a lot of games in the middle,” Robinson said earlier this week.
“It was good to get him back to the club and playing with some of the guys he had played in junior reps with through the under 20s.
“Having him back at North Sydney and watching him play with the tenacity he plays with, it’s been quite an easy choice to bring him in there.
“He’s a really popular, positive guy and he takes his time to help the other guys in and around training. He is always upbeat and positive.
“He has played a lot of footy. We knew the scenario going into Tuesday night, and now Benny gets his opportunity. It’s a really important role and Benny has a real hooker temperament.”