Around the Traps: Marlins call in Wallaby to boost derby and finals prospects

By MARK CASHMAN The Battle of the Beaches generally doesn’t need too much pumping up but Around The Traps is hearing that Wallaby Reece Hodge has put his hand up to play fullback for the Manly Marlins. Hodge was not included in Eddie Jones squad for the two Bledisloe Cup games over the next two weekends but he’s obviously keen to get some game time. He’ll come into the Marlins picture at fullback and is sure to add a bit of gloss to what is always a willing encounter. The Marlins hold the whip hand heading into this game after winning well at Manly Oval in May but these games never seem to go to any sort of plan. Intriguing that one of Hodge’s best mates Sam Lane at Manly has jumped ship and is now helping with the coaching of the backs at Warringah. The Marlins are still in the loop to make the finals after a couple of flat weeks and two draws over thew past month. Hodge’s booming boot with the wind behind him at Rat Park may just be the tonic they need.

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