Moses Mybe set to shine at Nines
HE may have played a blinder in the 2014 NRL Grand Final, but Moses Mbye says he needs to remind the Bulldogs of his credentials at the Auckland Nines this weekend.
Mbye replaced injured Canterbury skipper Michael Ennis at hooker for the grand final in what was his first NRL match in the No.9 jersey.
And he killed it.
The 21-year-old played brilliantly and was one of the best Bulldogs players on the park in his side's 30-6 loss, but despite his superb showing on the game's biggest stage, Mbye said he could not afford to rest on his laurels.
He said he would do his best to shine in Auckland to give coach Des Hasler no option but to pick him in the club's top 17 ahead of their season-opener against Penrith on March 8.
"Every chance you play is an opportunity to show how good you are," he said.
"That's the same if you are playing in the NRL, the NSW Cup or the Nines.
"Every man wants a spot."
It will be Mbye's second time playing in the Nines format after taking part in the inaugural tournament last year.
Hasler has picked a strong squad of NRL regulars including Brett Morris, Aiden Toleman, Frank Pritchard and Tony Williams.
And while some clubs have gone the other way in choosing to rest their marquee men for fear of injury, Mbye said Hasler was intent on going deep in to the later rounds of competition.
"I think Des is a bit more serious about the Nines than he was last year, to be honest," he said.
"There are some really good players coming over this time, so hopefully we can go well.
"I love the concept and it is awesome to play and a good move by the NRL."
MBYE played nine NRL matches last year after debuting in Canterbury's 38-6 round-eight drubbing of the Dragons.
He deputised in the halves while NSW duo Trent Hodkinson and Adam Reynolds were on State of Origin duty and also while Reynolds was suspended late in the season.
Having such a breakout year might have had some in Mbye's position thinking big for 2015, but he said he was realistic about securing a starting spot at his preferred position in the halves.
"At the moment I am focusing on firing up my skills in the halves and getting that role down pat," he said.
"Hopefully something opens up sooner rather than later, but if a hooking opportunity comes up, then I will jump at it. The NSW Cup has some really good players running around so it is still a challenge for me there too."