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Things go from bad to worse for Bulldogs

Liam Napier 16/07/2011 11:26:51 AM Comments (0)

Things seem to be going from bad to worse for troubled NRL club the Canterbury Bulldogs.

In a week that's seen coach Kevin Moore stand aside, the Bulldogs have now lost five-eighth Kris Keating for up to a month after he sustained an injury in their demoralising 36-12 loss to the Warriors in Auckland on Friday night.

The former Eels player suffered a grade-two medial ligament elbow injury, with medical staff confirming he would be in a sling for at least two to three weeks and could miss the next four matches.

Thankfully for the Bulldogs, they have a ready-made replacement in Eels-bound playmaker Ben Roberts, who laid on the Dogs' two and only tries as they capitulated after holding an early 12-0 lead.

But after a tumultuous season of his own, where he spent the first 15 rounds in reserve grade, Roberts, a former Kiwi international, was not talking up his straight-forward elevation for Keating.

"It's been a bit of a rollercoaster for me personally," Roberts told AAP.

"I've only just come back up (from reserve grade) for the first time a couple of weeks ago.

"One experience I've learnt from this year is you're never safe in your position. We've got a few great halves coming through the club. You can't take anything for granted."

With the Dogs last seven games of the season all based in Sydney, Canterbury centre Josh Morris feels a place in the top eight is a realistic goal for the 11th-placed club.

But Morris, in his third year with the Bulldogs, said he hadn't experienced anything like the turmoil of the last week.

He revealed the reasons Moore gave the team for pulling the pin immediately after being told mid-week he wasn't wanted next year.

"Some people may have stayed on but we respect his (Moore's) decision," Morris told AAP.

"It's tough. Kevin's been apart of this club since I was born even.

"He pretty much said that if he stayed here (until the end of the season) he wouldn't be doing his job properly which shows you the type of bloke he is and full credit to him for stepping aside.

"We're all behind (assistant coach) Jimmy (Dymock) now.

"It's disappointing to see the coach go and if we could've had a few more wins he might have been here still."

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