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Dogs sharpen axe following Morris' return

  • Dogs sharpen axe following Morris' return

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Brett Morris of the Bulldogs is tackled during the round 16 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and Brisbane Broncos at ANZ Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Canterbury's star-studded three-quarter line is about to feel the pinch following Brett Morris' starring return from injury.

Coach Des Hasler will be forced to make some hard decisions about this week following Morris' comeback from a long-term knee problem in their 40-14 demolition of Brisbane and Josh Morris set to return from a groin problem which kept him out of State of Origin II.

With Will Hopoate having established himself in the No.1 jumper, it leaves rookie Holland, prolific try-scorer Rona and veteran Sam Perrett to fight it out for two spots in the Dogs' backline.

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While it's usually Hasler's forward pack which is the source of selection headaches, he has an embarrassment of riches in the backline at his disposal for Thursday's clash with Sydney Roosters.

Holland is the least experienced of the trio, having debuted this year, but has added another string to the side's bow with his goal-kicking, having booted 37 of 50 attempts at 74 per cent.

Rona meanwhile was among his side's best against the Broncos, having a hand in two of Brett Morris' three tries while Perrett has 13 seasons and three grand finals under his belt.

Morris said Hasler had been keeping his cards close to his chest, as he is known to do, and had given little away about where even he would be playing.

"It's up to the coach, it's not up to us as players," Morris said.

"As players, we go out there and do the job that's required of us and try to do it to the best of our ability."

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