Dogs’ NRL match-winner Holland dumped

Canterbury three-quarter Kerrod Holland has been dropped to reserve grade despite his match-winning heroics in his NRL debut.

Holland kicked the game-winning conversion after the siren in the Bulldogs’ thrilling 18-16 round-two win over Penrith on Thursday night at Pepper Stadium.

But as they say, a week is a long time in rugby league and, this weekend, Holland will play NSW Cup against Manly at Brookvale Oval after being overlooked by coach Des Hasler for Friday’s round-three assignment against Parramatta at ANZ Stadium.

Chase Stanley returns to the Bulldogs’ side in place of Holland, after missing the Panthers’ clash due to a hamstring problem picked up against Manly in round one.

Holland’s debut was one of the more-memorable maiden first-grade efforts. However, he might have to bide his team before he returns to the elite level.

At least he will have some fantastic memories until then.

“Outstanding, mate. I knew it was going over. I knew straight away. It was always going over,” Holland said after drilling the difficult conversion to give Canterbury an undefeated start to the season after two rounds.

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