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Bulldogs fresh faces line up

Rising Bulldogs prop Sam Kasiano caps his transformation from NYC teen to NRL star this weekend when he dons the Bulldogs’ No. 10 jersey against the Tigers at ANZ Stadium.Kasiano already has plenty of headlines this year for his outstanding form in the club’s pre-season trials – and it was made obvious why yesterday when he was named ahead of Bulldogs stars Michael Hodgson, Chris Armit and Mickey Paea. He will be joined in the Bulldogs forward pack by second-rower Jake Forster, who stunningly beat prized signing Frank Pritchard for a start. Pritchard, Kasiano, Aiden Tolman, Kris Keating and Trent Hodkinson will all make their debuts for the club.

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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

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

Mortimer ruled out

The Eels five-eighth Daniel Mortimer has been ruled out of tonights clash verse the Tigers because of a virus. Mortimer was spotted at the club’s Parramatta headquarters earlier today and will be replaced in the starting side by interchange utility Kris Keating. Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson will name another bench replacement one hour before kickoff. Tigers coach Tim Sheens is expected to trim Daniel Fitzhenry and Junior Moors from his six-man interchange bench.

PS For the Cowboys supporters out there, this will be an ideal opportunity to check out the rumoured Cowboys Plan B move to secure Keating,  following the possible impending departure of Johnathon Thurston

Can you reinvent the Eel ?

Daniel Anderson certainly thinks so and will endeavour to do just that in an effort to keep his troops fresh and to go that step further in this years premiership. After last years mid season form reversal any changes to the line up would almost be deemed unnecessary, but when you throw the names Timana Tahu ($120,300 CTW), Justin Poore ($250,800 FRF) and Shane Shackleton ($192,500 FRF/2RF) into the mix it would be a brave man that says the Eels won’t be sniffing around come finals time. As with most coaches (DT included) not all positions are spoken for within the squad, Tahu will almost certainly dislodge Krisnan Inu ($143,500 CTW/FB) or Joel Reddy ($132,400 CTW) whilst Poore could unsettle stalwart Nathan Cayless ($257,400 FRF) or crowd favourite Fuifui Moimoi ($194,600 FRF). As mentioned at the NEX Kris Keating ($190,300 HLV) is fighting hard to regain his spot in the halves keeping both Daniel Mortimer ($268,000 HLV) and Jeff Robson ($227,300 HLV) honest, although having the confidence from the back end of last season with the inclusion of play-offs, it will be difficult to break. “We have to get the best out of them while playing with the players that we already have here so that’s what I mean we’ve got a different dynamic.” Anderson said “It would be naive to think that we’d be able to start the same and finish the same but obviously we’d like to be more consistent in our application as a team.”

Dragons and Eels entertain

St George Illawarra held off a spirited fightback by the Parramatta Eels on Sunday at Members Equity Bank Stadium, Perth. 34 – 20 was the final score with the Dragons hitting the ground running in the first 35 minutes with a 16 – 0 lead, it was all the Eels after that running in 4 of the next 5 tries reducing the gap to just 2 points with 13 minutes remaining on the clock, but they were unable to keep the momentum against a strong finishing Dragons, running in another two tries before the full time siren. Both teams squads were a mixture of youth and experience, with both having their respective ‘All Stars’ sidelined. Coaches Daniel Anderson and Steve Price (standing in for Wayne Bennett) took positives out of the match with Jason Nightingale ($94,300 CTW/FB) Nathan Fien ($211,500 HLV / HOK) and Luke Priddis ($149,500 HOK) standing out for the Saints, while Feleti Mateo ($252,600 2RF / HLV), Kris Keating ($190,300 HLV) and Etu Uaisele ($91,100 CTW / FLB) impressed for the Eels. “We had a few young players, I thought it was a like a furnace blast for them,” Eels coach Daniel Anderson said. “We got caught a little bit physically by the size of the Dragons but they got better as the game got on.”

Keating wants a start.

Parramatta Eel Kris Keating broke his jaw in Rd 10 last year, at that time he was the starting halfback. Since then things have changed dramtically under the dynamic new halves combination of Daniel Mortimer and Jeff Robson, from which the Eels made a Grand Finals berth in dramatic fashion. Now he’s back, 100% fit and wants to reclaim his spot. Even though Coach Anderson has made it clear that the Mortimer/Robson combination will remain unchanged for the start of the season, Keating and a few of the other youngsters at the Eels are definitely still in the mix. “He just said I’d get a chance in trials before the season and I know I have to really impress by just being consistent and improving little things. He’s let me get back into it in my own time. It’s going to be really tough but I just have to keep training hard and doing everything I can to show Daniel I’m ready.” Kris Keating is priced at $190,300 (?) in the halves at DT HQ.