Inu finds new life with the Dogs

Michael Hagan June 4, 2012, 8:29 am

Inu flies high against the Roosters

At the time, his signing barely raised a ripple in the media. In fact, I think it was only afforded one paragraph.

Now, after just two games, he is attracting full page stories and may well prove to be the buy of the year.

Canterbury's signing of Krisnan Inu could prove a masterstroke.

Inu was unwanted by the Warriors and arrived on the Bulldogs' doorstep seeking another opportunity in the NRL.

In his first game for Canterbury, he scored two tries and set up another in their win over the Sydney Roosters.

Last weekend, Inu kicked the match-winning field goal in the Bulldogs' 23-18 win over Souths at ANZ Stadium.

I was the coach who actually drafted Krisnan into first grade back in 2007 when I was at Parramatta.

He had come through the Eels junior system and many were impressed by his freakish skills.

I guess you could say Inu is either rocks or diamonds. Since arriving at Canterbury, he has been all diamonds.

The Bulldogs needed someone with flair and speed and Inu was the perfect find.

I like what I see at Canterbury.

The Bulldogs are playing a nice style and look ready to make a real impact in this year's competition.

Canterbury's forwards are playing a different game to every other - although other clubs are starting to catch on.

The Bulldogs forwards throw short passes and tip-ons to drag in defences and create holes on the edges.

It is working.

Halfback Kris Keating has matured into a top-line first-grader while brash five-eighth Josh Reynolds has excelled under coach Des Hasler.

Hasler has turned Englishman James Graham into a true star.

Graham's work-rate is special and he has a lovely off-load in traffic. He is a throwback to the old Pommy ball-playing forward.

Ben Barba has been transformed into a true champion. Barba could always run but his defence was shoddy, at best.

Now Barba rolls his sleeves up and is among the Dogs' most effective defenders.

What about his try-saving tackle on Saturday night on a run-away Dylan Farrell? It was classic.

Canterbury has a nice mix at the moment. There are some old hardheads in there, a creative Pom, cheeky halves and speed out wide.

They would scare any side in the semi-finals.



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