9 May 2009

NZ league in good hands despite thumping - Benji

8:20 am on 9 May 2009

Despite enduring a seven-tries-to-two loss in Friday night's rugby league Test against Australia in Brisbane, Kiwis skipper Benji Marshall Marshall claims his team's future is bright.

The Kiwis were thumped 38-10 as Australia exacted some revenge for their shock 2008 World Cup final loss but Marshall says the scoreline didn't matter to New Zealand.

He says the future of New Zealand rugby league is in great hands as the side's age ranges from 20 to 24 and it wasn't about the result, it was about the effort.

Asked whether he was "humble" after "talking a good game" ahead of the match Marshall says he was just having a bit of friendly banter with his club coach, Tim Sheens, who also coaches the Kangaroos.

Marshall says you have to be confident and can't go into any game thinking you are going to lose.

He admits it's a disappointing result, but the Kiwis gave the classy Australians too much ball.