Inu Or Out? Bulldogs v Roosters Preview
Monday 28 May 2012 5:00 PM
Will he or won’t he play? That’s the question on all Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs supporters lips following the arrival at Belmore of former New Zealand Warrior and Parramatta Eel Krisnan Inu ahead of Monday’s clash with the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium.
The Bulldogs struggles with injury in the outside backs has been well documented, with Steve Turner (season – patella tendon), Mitch Brown (season – ACL), Bryson Goodwin (long term, spleen), and Luke MacDougall (in doubt – elbow) all sidelined in some way, shape or form.
In all, it makes Inu’s arrival this week all the more crucial.
“There’s a fair chance,” Hasler says of the odds Inu will play against the Roosters. “He’ll certainly come into calculations. We’ll just see how he settles in, how he comes up.
“He brings a wealth of experience, he’s an international, he’s played in Grand Finals, he’s a quality player.
“But at the moment it’s much needed depth. You don’t want to have a two or a five on your back at the moment.”
While Hasler will not confirm his side until game day, Inu’s first NRL game for the Bulldogs – whenever it comes – will be a double milestone for the 25 year old, being both his Club debut and his 100th game in his First Grade career.
The Bulldogs returned to the winners circle with a 26-6 victory over the Cronulla Sharks last Monday night, while for the Roosters it’s a tougher story, losing four out of their last five.
That said it wasn’t too long ago that the six and five Bulldogs were in the same position, meaning both sides have plenty to play for at Allianz Stadium.
“I think they’re a very good side, a bit not unlike us, they’re learning,” Hasler says of the Roosters.
“A lot of class, a lot of athleticism, so they’ll be tough.”
Monday’s match kicks off at 7pm, and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports.
ROOSTERS: Anthony Minichiello, Peni Tagive, Joesph Leilua, Tautau Moga, Sam Perrett, Braith Anasta, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Martin Kennedy, Aidan Guerra, Mitchell Aubusson, Boyd Cordner. Interchange: Lama Tasi, Brad Takairangi, Mose Masoe, Daniel Mortimer, Tinirau Arona
BULLDOGS (named): Ben Barba, Luke MacDougall, Josh Morris, Jonathan Wright, Tim Lafai, Josh Reynolds, Kris Keating, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis (c), Sam Kasiano, Frank Pritchard, Dene Halatau, Greg Eastwood. Interchange (from): James Graham, David Stagg, Corey Payne, Trent Hodkinson, Joel Romelo.