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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.

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

Hasler checks to see if Cherry is ripe

Manly coach Des Hasler has challenged rookie halfback Daly Cherry-Evans to stamp his mark on the Sea Eagles’ No. 7 spot, declaring the Emerging Queensland Origin playmaker has the game to make an instant impact.The 21-year-old Redcliffe junior enters 2011 with enormous expectation to replace Bulldogs recruit and City halfback Trent Hodkinson. And while Hasler has faith Cherry-Evans is ready for the step up to the NRL, he said it was up to the young playmaker to show he could deliver – starting with tonight’s opening trial against Cronulla. The former Toyota Cup star bided his time in the Queensland Cup last year, starring for the Sea Eagles’ feeder side Sunshine Coast, after being overlooked for Hodkinson in the NRL. And after Cherry-Evans took out the Q-Cup player of the year – just as Hodkinson did in 2009 – Hasler feels he has the perfect replacement. “He’s the same as Trent and the great thing about it is when Trent went in there he just concentrated on his own game and Cherry has got the same attributes,” Hasler said. “He’s certainly worked hard. He’s coming off a really consistent year last year, where he was the Q-Cup player of the year. He has been rewarded with the Queensland Emerging Origin Squad so he’s had that experience under his belt.”

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

The Judiciary – It’s a busy week!

Seven players have been charged following a marathon sitting by the NRL’s match review committee on Monday. Eels’ forwards Ben Smith (grade two dangerous contact) and Fuifui Moimoi (grade one careless high tackle) headline the long list of charges, while Cowboys prop James Tamou (grade two striking) is facing a two week stint on the sidelines. Moimoi can escape a ban if he pleads guilty while the remaining four – Trent Hodkinson (dangerous throw), Jason Ryles (dangerous contact), Anthony Minichiello (dangerous contact) and Ben Cross (careless high tackle) – have all been slapped with grade one charges but will be also be free to play next weekend if they enter early guilty pleas. Parramatta have placed leading Sydney lawyer and judiciary expert Geoff Bellew SC on standby should the club opt to fight either charge. The match review committee took most of Monday to come up with the season-high list of charges.

Round 1 Teams – Manly Update

Manly co-Captain Jamie Lyon ($218,300 HLV) has given the clubs rookie halfbacks his seal of approval, adamant that the Sea Eagles are well covered after the departure of Matt Orford. Lyon is set to start the year back in the No. 6 jersey from where he guided the club to the 2008 premiership, with Des Hasler keen for the veteran to play a guiding hand for young halves Kieran Foran ($214,900 HLV) and Trent Hodkinson ($84,100 HLV). Although Hasler has yet to show his hand in the selection stakes,¬†New Zealand¬†international Foran looks to have the inside running for a starting berth after starring in nine games last year. Speaking at the club’s season launch at Harbord Diggers, Lyon revealed he would start the year alongside either Foran or Hodkinson, with the young halves likely to be paired later in the season.

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.

Lyon mauls Sharks !

Last night at Cronulla Stadium Jamie Lyon ($218,300 HLV) put his hand up to fill the positions vacant left by departing captain Matt Orford. Although youngsters Kieran Foran ($214,900 HLV) and Trent Hodkinson ($84,100 HLV) shared the Halfback position throughout the match, it was a dominant display by Lyon setting up two tries in the second half. Both the Sharks and Manly sent out new recruits and up and comers early, but it was the big guns who came out in the second half to finish off a sometimes spiteful match. Brett Stewart ($146,800 FLB) showed a glimpse of his flair in a solid game, when in the 58th minute a scuffle broke out after he was heavily tackled in goal. Only minutes later heavyweights Josh Perry and Kade Snowden went toe to toe, with Snowden being Sin Binned. Cronulla however were allowed to compete with 13 players on the field under trial match rules. “The conditions were pretty tough.” Hasler stated “It was ok, it was just a trial. We had a lot of players getting the off-season cobwebs out, the boys have just done a really long off-season so they were just keen to play.” Hasler was also pleased with his young halves after the departure of Orford “We’re fortunate we’ve got young Trent and Keiran as well, so we’re pretty well covered there,” he said.

Cronulla’s night went from bad to worse when it was revealed they exited the match with injuries to two of their Troops – Dean Collis ($120,500 CTW) hyperextended his right knee, but is expected back for round one and 19 yr old hopeful Stewart Mills had to be stretchered off in the first half after damaging his right knee, his season all but over before it has begun.