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Bulldogs' Hannant beats swine flu blues

By Ed Jackson 09/06/2009 03:04:16 PM Comments (0)

Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore says swine flu victim Ben Hannant will definitely line up in Friday's NRL match against Brisbane.

The Queensland State of Origin player has been in quarantine with his family on the Gold Coast since Friday, as his illness caused several issues throughout the code.

In Monday night's game between Gold Coast and St George Illawarra, Hannant's Origin teammates Darius Boyd and Ashley Harrison were forced to miss the match.

And the Bulldogs' opponents on Friday, the Broncos, have also been hit hard with several of their stars forced into a 72-hour quarantine period.

But Moore said he expected Hannant to be fit for Friday night's match against the Broncos.

"I spoke to him yesterday and he's feeling fine, he was probably going to train himself today," Moore said on Tuesday.

"As per the health regulations Benny will meet up with us on Thursday and definitely play on Friday night."

The Bulldogs have been unaffected by Hannant's illness, with the prop going straight from his Origin duties in Melbourne to Queensland.

But the Broncos' preparations have been disrupted with Hannant's Queensland teammates Darren Lockyer, Israel Folau, Karmichael Hunt, Sam Thaiday all ordered into quarantine along with NSW halfback Peter Wallace.

Maroons centre Justin Hodges has also been ordered into quarantine but was not going to play the match after damaging knee ligaments in last week's Origin opener in Melbourne.

Moore said he wasn't worried about how the disruptions would affect the Broncos' preparations.

Instead the Bulldogs coach said he was more concerned with overcoming a Brisbane side determined to bounce back from last weekend's 48-4 thrashing by Melbourne.

And with four former Broncos in his squad - Hannant, Michael Ennis, David Stagg and Greg Eastwood - Moore admitted to chasing a bit of inside knowledge.

"Everyone sees the Broncos week-in, week-out but they've tipped us on a few things," Moore said.

"But the most important thing for us is we go up there and play our best.

"It's a big game, we're up against a class side who is going to be hurting from a really big defeat last week."

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