Origin Trio Set to Play

The three State of Origin players that Des Hasler named on Tuesday will back up against the Cronulla Sharks on Monday night at ANZ Stadium.

All three were missing from the Bulldogs side that went down to the Raiders in round 11 and after a day off following the Blues loss to the Maroons, followed by a rest day today, the trio will line-up against the Sharks.

Both Morris and Jackson played big minutes for the Blues, while Klemmer spent just 33 minutes on the field despite averaging 57 minutes per game for the Bulldogs over the past month and with the Bulldogs game being played on Monday, the extra few days to be ready for the all, important clash will certainly help.

“We were missing a few last week with Origin on Wednesday night, but the boys have all pulled up well, which is good news for us,” said Moses Mbye.

Despite the loss on Wednesday night, centre Kerrod Holland is confident the three Origin stars can put the result behind them and focus on the Sharks.

“They’ve come back with no injuries, so it’s nice for us,” Holland said.

“The confidence they have coming back from playing at such a high level will help the team this week.

“They’re in high spirits and their happy to be back here which is good for us.”

The Bulldogs will finalise their starting 13 an hour before kick-off on Monday night.

Meanwhile the opposition also have three players backing up for the Monday night clash at ANZ Stadium and are expected to line-up for the Sharks.

Paul Gallen, James Maloney and Andrew Fifita have all checked in with the Sharks medical team following the game and have reported no concerns.

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