Hasler confirms Mbye in grand final mix for Bulldogs
BULLDOGS coach Des Hasler has confirmed Noosa junior Moses Mbye is in the mix for a stunning grand final debut as injured rake Michael Ennis admitted he needed a "miracle" to play in Sunday's match.
The Bulldogs captain told Sky's Big Sports Breakfast show in Sydney that he would likely miss the grand final against South Sydney with foot fractures suffered in Saturday night's win over Penrith.
"(Hasler is) going to give me to the nth degree to get there, but I'm praying for a miracle, I think," he said.
His likely absence has created a selection headache for the dual premiership-winning coach ahead of his fifth grand final appearance in eight seasons. Five-eighth Josh Reynolds was a capable Ennis replacement in last Saturday night's second half and played hooker in his 2011 rookie season before making the No.6 his own.
While rookie pivot Mbye impressed during the State of Origin period, Hasler may be reluctant to break up Reynolds' scrum-base pairing with Trent Hodkinson, which helped guide New South Wales to victory earlier this year.
Hasler told Triple M in Sydney that reserve-grade hooker Damien Cook, who has played four NRL games in two seasons, was also a chance of making the team, which will be named today but could change.
"Josh Reynolds didn't do too bad a job there. Damien Cook has also played there and young Moses Mbye, so we'll just sit down and sort through it and see what's the best fit," Hasler said.
Ennis favours keeping Reynolds in the halves.
"If they went with Josh, I think they know that he's capable," he said. "But for me, he's one of the best five-eighths in the comp and his combination with Trent Hodkinson is vital to our side there."