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Inu to aim up for Warriors in NRL final

Ben Horne 13/09/2011 07:01:40 PM Comments (0)

Krisnan Inu has vowed to put an inconsistent season behind him and aim up for the Warriors in Friday night's NRL elimination final against Wests Tigers at the Sydney Football Stadium.

The former Parramatta star has been in and out of the Warriors side since joining the club this season, but has been recalled at centre after Joel Moon dislocated his ankle in last Saturday's loss to Brisbane.

Inu played plenty of centre at former club Parramatta, but has only been used for one match in the position since moving to Auckland this season.

He's played just 15 matches and, since round 15, he's only had a look in when Manu Vatuvei in rounds 25 and 26, and now Moon, have gone down injured.

However, the New Zealand international isn't short on finals experience.

He appeared in two of Parramatta's matches in their 2009 campaign, including the grand final loss to Melbourne, and says he's ready to step in to face the Tigers.

"It's a big year and it's that time of year where it's the business end and every game matters so I just want to do my job and do well with the boys," Inu said.

"Finals is finals footy, whether I've been up or down all year, I think everyone's focused on winning the game no matter who is playing, so it's just one of those things where we've just got to play well."

Warriors coach Ivan Cleary might not have favoured the versatile Inu for much of the season, but he's confident he can do the job playing inside winger Manu Vatuvei and opposing in-form Tiger Blake Ayshford.

"When he's had to do a job throughout the year, he's been able to do that and I'm confident he can play well for us this week," Cleary said.

"Joel had surgery the day after the game. It's a considerable injury - he'll actually be in Australia for a couple of weeks. Krisnan has come into the centres and it's a good opportunity for him."

The 24-year-old Inu featured regularly through to the middle part of the season, before slipping out of the team after playing his only match at centre in round 15 against North Queensland.

He will be partnered in the centres by Lewis Brown, a late inclusion in the position for the Warriors' past two matches against the Cowboys and the Broncos.

The Tigers welcome back Chris Lawrence, as expected, at left centre, with Matt Utai making way.

St George Illawarra have named an unchanged line-up for their clash against Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night, with 18th man Mitch Rein likely to come into the team as he did in last week's loss to the Tigers.

Broncos star Justin Hodges was given an early mark from training to protect his hamstring from overload, but team officials are adamant there's no concerns about his availability.

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