Why “King Rat” Ben Marr is the Shute Shield’s version of NRL star “King Gutho”

By Jon Geddes WARRINGAH Rats’ ace Ben Marr has claimed the crown of the Shute Shield’s version NRL star “King Gutho”. The Parramatta Eels’ skipper Clint Gutherson is renowned for not only his natural talent and athleticism, but the infectious enthusiasm of his play which lifts his teammates. And his habit of bobbing up all over the field to get into the action was another reason rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns christened him with that royal nickname.  Those attributes are also very much trademarks of Marr’s game. And they were again on display on Saturday as “King Rat” had an instrumental role in his side’s first victory of the season, defeating Eastern Suburbs 15-13 at Narrabeen. Playing No.10 in his third game back after a season with the Australian Sevens, Marr was fully involved and fittingly dived over for the Rats’ try with 11 minutes to go - which not only gave his side the lead for the first time but what turned out to be their winning margin.  
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