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Holland valuable for Dogs in NRL trial win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/02/2017 Andrew Drummond

Kerrod Holland looks set to secure a starting spot in the Canterbury line-up after a stellar performance in the Bulldogs' four-point NRL trial game win over Melbourne.

At North Hobart Oval on Saturday, the 24-year-old kicked four of five conversion attempts and was strong on the wing outside Josh Reynolds as Canterbury held held on to win 28-24.

Captain James Graham confirmed on Friday they had four vacancies in their run-on 13, with an eye firmly on Holland.

For the Storm, young Brodie Croft had a run as five-eighth, while Cameron Munster played most of the game at fullback.

Munster had been expected to all but cement the No.6 jersey in Saturday's game, but the Storm seemed no closer to deciding on who would replace the departed Blake Green.

At the break, Canterbury boasted a 14-point lead thanks to converted tries by Brenko Lee, Reynolds and Josh Addo-Carr.

The first came after a handling error early in the count by Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu, while Reynolds' try came as the end of a carefully crafted 40-metre passage of play by the Dogs.

The boys from Belmore had the upper hand in the first 40 minutes but were let down repeatedly by loose passes.

Melbourne managed to close the gap in the second half with tries to Felise Kaufusi, Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Kenny Bromwich, before Curtis Scott crossed in the 79th minute.

Each side finished with five tries and, if it weren't for two Melbourne conversion attempts hitting the uprights, it could have been a different outcome in the southern capital.

Saturday's game was the first pre-season appearance by Storm captain Cameron Smith following his Four Nations duties at the end of 2016 as well as fellow big name Cooper Cronk, although both spent little time on the field.

The Storm and Bulldogs meet again in round one of the season proper on March 3 at Belmore.

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