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Bulldogs delay replacement decision for Morris

Canterbury coach Kevin Moore will delay the decision on a replacement for injured centre Josh Morris until the eve of Sunday’s NRL clash with South Sydney. Morris will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks after suffering a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Monday night’s 24-14 win over the Wests Tigers. “We’re looking at a few blokes,” Moore told reporters on Thursday. “We had three or four guys still recovering from Monday night that didn’t train today so we’ve got a final session on Saturday morning and we’ll make a decision depending on how those blokes recover in the next couple of days. “There’s two or three in the mix but rather than toss any names out at the moment, I don’t want to get bloke’s hopes up so we’ll make that decision on Saturday. Continue reading

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Bulldogs 30 – Raiders 18

A composed and potent Canterbury punished Canberra in the first half of their NRL trial before running out 30-18 winners at Scully Park on Saturday night. The Bulldogs raced to an 18-0 halftime lead thanks largely to the weight of possession and a superior kicking game, mostly from the boot of new halfback recruit Trent Hodkinson. Winger Bryson Goodwin got the scoring underway in the first few minutes when he crossed in the left corner and then had a hand in the second try as he tipped a kick from five-eighth Kris Keating back for Josh Morris to score the first of his two tries. Yet another cross-field kick, this time to the right from Hodkinson, saw a spilled ball fall for Dogs skipper David Stagg to score the third and Goodwin landed another tough goal. Continue reading

Idris excited to return to backline

Jamal Idris wants for his time at second row to be over so he can make a permanent home for himself in the NRL at centre. The Canterbury star says he will play wherever needed, but admits he’s itching to move back to his original position out wide. Canterbury coach Kevin Moore shifted the 20-year-old monster to the backrow last year, to help the club cope with injury problems and add size in the forwards. He’s been named in the No.11 jersey for Friday’s trial against St George Illawarra, but when Frank Pritchard, Andrew Ryan and Greg Eastwood return to the side, the club’s personality player is excited about returning to the backline. Idris’ size and aggressiveness has seen him adapt well to the forwards, but he said Moore hasn’t given any indication he’ll be used there regularly this year. Continue reading

Roberts hopes to secure spot over Keating

Ben Roberts believes he has done enough to get the first crack at Canterbury’s vacant five-eighth spot ahead of this Friday’s NRL trial with St George Illawarra. Roberts was expected to play just the second half of last Saturday’s trial against the Sydney Roosters, but the livewire 25-year-old was given an early entry to the game when utility Joel Romelo exited with concussion. The extra time gave Roberts a further chance to show his wares in his battle with Kris Keating for Canterbury’s most fiercely contested spot. And while the wet conditions didn’t lend themselves to flashy playmaking, Roberts produced a cross-field kick that resulted in a try to centre Tim Lafai. Continue reading

Roosters lose Cherrington in trial

Luckless Sydney Roosters forward Anthony Cherrington has suffered another season-ending knee injury in Canterbury’s 24-22 NRL trial victory at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday. Cherrington, who missed all of 2010 after suffering anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) damage to his right knee in a trial match against Parramatta, was stretchered off the field in the 75th minute with what appeared to be a similar injury to his left knee. Cherrington will undergo scans on Sunday morning to confirm what he believes he already knows. Continue reading

Keating excited for ‘real trial’

All too often NRL trial matches are seen as a burden, but new recruit Kris Keating is jumping out of his skin to wear the Canterbury colours for the first time. If coaches can escape a trial without injuries to key players, then more often than not, they’re satisfied. But for the Bulldogs, with an influx of off-season purchases and several key combinations yet to be decided, Saturday’s trial against the Sydney Roosters at Leichhardt Oval couldn’t be more vital. After a dismal 2010, the Bulldogs know they need a strong start to the season – and that starts in the trials. “Definitely we’re all excited because it’s a real trial match, I know I am,” Keating told AAP on Friday. Continue reading

Ben Roberts cleared

Canterbury playmaker Ben Roberts has been cleared by the NRL judiciary of a careless high tackle charge arising from his side’s win over South Sydney. Roberts was charged with a grade one offence by the match review committee following the 32-12 win at ANZ Stadium last Friday and could have escaped suspension with an early guilty plea. But the club opted to have the charge wiped and were successful at NRL headquarters on Wednesday night. Roberts will play as planned in Canterbury’s clash with Newcastle at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Sunday.

Bulldogs Injury update

Canterbury five-eighth Ben Roberts will miss as many as six additional weeks before returning to NRL action from an ankle injury. Roberts suffered the injury in the round seven win over Brisbane and was expected to miss a month, perhaps returning as early as Sunday’s clash with Melbourne at AAMI Park. “Ben Roberts is still on crutches,” Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore told AAP on Thursday. “He actually had a pin put into his ankle and that’s still a week or two off coming out. “After that he’s got about four weeks of rehab ahead of him so he’s probably still maybe six weeks away.” Blake Green will again wear the No. 6 jersey as Robert’s replacement against the Storm. Prop Ben Hannant is still another week away from returning after a knee injury. “We’ve only just started to run him,” Moore said. “With the type of injury he’s got, you like to get a week or two of running into him before he plays. “He’s probably a week away.” Bulldogs physio Tony Ayoub, who also looks after the NSW State of Origin side, has given Blues trio Brett Kimmorley, Michael Ennis and Jamal Idris the all-clear for Sunday’s game.

RESPECTED physio Tony Ayoub said the horror injury toll at the Bulldogs was the worst he has come across in his 22 years in rugby league. The club’s woes continued on Friday night with big bopper Jarrad Hickey dislocating his wrist, which will keep him out of action for more than a month. The Dogs have more than 570 games worth of NRL experience sitting in the casualty ward. “I keep saying to the fellas that it can’t get any worse, then another player will get injured on the weekend,” Ayoub said. “This is easily the worst period in terms of injuries I have ever experienced in rugby league.

In the latest developments with the Canterbury injury crisis:

* Blake Green was yesterday still feeling the effects of severe concussion and a neck injury after a high shot from Eels enforcer Fuifui Moimoi;

* Luke Patten will not train all week because of a shoulder cork, which forced him to play with a “dead arm” for most of the match;

* Josh Morris will again meet with a surgeon this week and is experiencing blurred vision after he fractured his eye socket against the Wests Tigers;

* Ben Roberts has had pins inserted into his ankle and will not return until deep into the season;

* Dene Halatau (knee) has just started running, while Ben Hannant (knee) remains on crutches.

Bulldogs succumb to injuries

Ben Hannant is another one of the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs injuries woes with the prop expected to miss at least of month of football after requiring knee surgery. Hannant was injured during the Bulldogs’ brutal 36-18 victory over Brisbane on Friday night and may not be fit in time for the opening State Of Origin in Sydney on May 26. In more bad injury news for the Bulldogs, winger Josh Morris will also undergo surgery after fracturing his eye socket in the same game while Ben Roberts and Yileen Gordon are expected to miss several weeks. In positive news, David Stagg has been cleared of any serious injury after being stretchered from the field against the Broncos