Canterbury coach Des Hasler can only resist moving Brett Morris back to fullback for so long.
Morris starred for the Dogs in their round 17, 24-20 win over Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Thursday night, a victory that propelled the club into the NRL’s top four.
The representative winger scored a double to add to his treble in his first game of the year last week, following a long lay-off due to a knee injury.
Morris was a constant threat to the Roosters with ball in hand. But aiding his probable return to fullback was another lacklustre defensive effort from Will Hopoate at the back.
For the second time in two weeks Hopoate has been stood up easily by opposition players who have exposed his lack of pace.
Hopoate has been great at the back for the Dogs for much of the season, but Morris starred there last year in his first season at Belmore.
Hasler has so far resisted playing Morris in the custodian role due to his lack of match fitness. But that could change ahead of the Dogs next match against Wests Tigers on Saturday week. With Hopoate likely to shift to the wing.
Either way the Bulldogs look a much more dangerous side thanks to the return of Morris.
“He bring points to our side,” Dogs coach Des Hasler said.
“He has a great ability to get to the tryline and really fight for tries.
Bulldogs skipper James Graham said they were glad to have Morris back.
“He just finds his way to the tryline doesn’t he?” he said.
“He is an absolutely amazing finisher.”