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IN-N-OUT – Rd 2

A pair of hookers who have seen little action in recent times will be thrown to the wolves on Friday night with Canterbury and St George Illawarra putting their depth to the test in the NRL grudge match. Journeymen Blake Green and Luke Priddis will wear the No.9 jumpers for the Bulldogs and Dragons respectively, Green earning his chance after Michael Ennis accepted a one-week ban for a high tackle while Priddis comes in for Nathan Fien, who is out with a broken leg. “It’s extremely disappointing for Fiensy, he’s a great player and a great guy,” Priddis said. “I’m looking forward to having a run on Friday night … the Bulldogs are always a tough prospect, no matter when or where you play them.”

The Bulldogs also welcome back winger Bryson Goodwin, who will assume goalkicking duties with Ennis out, the hooker left with little choice but to cop the one match suspension for a high tackle on Newcastle’s Matt Hilder.

South Sydney coach John Lang has also been forced to test his reserves with David Tyrell coming in for Eddy Pettybourne, who will be out for up to three months with a broken jaw, while Junior Vaivai replaces Colin Best (ribs). “He’s a very good prospect Junior, he had a very good season in the Toyota Cup last year,” Lang said ahead of Friday’s match against Gold Coast at ANZ Stadium.

The Titans received a boost on Tuesday with fullback Preston Campbell cleared after receiving a head knock in Sunday’s win over the Warriors.

Penrith welcome back Trent Waterhouse from a quad strain for the trip north to play North Queensland, former Sydney Rooster Willie Mason again named to start from the bench.

Manly coach Des Hasler has been forced to reshuffle his backline for Sunday’s clash with fellow round one losers Parramatta with Michael Robertson deputising for Brett Stewart at fullback.

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Three Manly players have been charged with high tackles, but the Wests Tigers’ Beau Ryan could serve a longer suspension than any of them after being booked for a “crusher” tackle in Monday night’s NRL clash. The NRL match review committee has handed winger Ryan a grade three dangerous contact charge for a 65th minute tackle on Sea Eagles opposite Michael Robertson. He will be suspended for three matches if he pleads guilty and four if he unsuccessfully defends the charge at the NRL judiciary. His tackle had been overshadowed by Manly players George Rose, Brent Kite and Kieran Foran all being placed on report for high shots during the 26-22 win at the Sydney Football Stadium. Rose will miss only a week if he pleads guilty and two if he unsuccessfully defends the grade four careless tackle charge. Kite and Foran will escape suspension after receiving grade one careless high tackle charges. Canterbury hooker Michael Ennis will miss Friday night’s clash with St George Illawarra after entering an early guilty plea to a grade two careless high tackle charge.

Warriors five-eighth James Maloney and Gold Coast’s Bodene Thompson have escaped suspension after pleading guilty to grade one charges of dangerous contact with a kicker.

Hodkinson looking For an opportunity

Trent Hodkinson ($84,100 HLV)  is in a two way battle with Kieran Foran ($214,900 HLV) to secure the halback position along side Jamie Lyon ($218,300 HLV), which was vacated by Matt Orford who has moved to England. A former Parramatta low grader, Hodkinson has been training strongly while Foran has been missing due to injury. The pair will have a final trial match against the Warriors in 11 days before coach Des Hasler names his new No.7. Coach Hasler was, as always, playing his cards close to his chest but did not rule out starting both against the Tigers in Round 1. “There is a process we are working through. It’s all about opportunity and they have to step up to the mark. Jamie is an option in the halves but he’s also a handy centre.” Jamie Lyon has played centre at a test level but Manly will have to consider Ben Farrar ($104,100 CTW/HLV) and Steve Matai ($103,900 CTW), Farrar has also played on the wing but again have David Williams ($102,800 CTW) and Michael Robertson ($91,100 CTW) to consider if a reshuffle were to take place.