With Ben Barba currently out injured and speculation linking him with a move to Brisbane, it was a performance that would have had Canterbury Bulldogs confident that there is life after Barba in the fullback position, as Josh Morris put on a master-class and led the Dogs to victory.
Although the final score may not suggest it, they were in cruise control for large patches of the game, as Morris finished with 3 try assists and a try, a game that the Dogs won 28-16 at Canberra Stadium.
The praise from coach Des Hasler was justified, as he outlined just how well he thought Morris played from the back since taking over from the role in light of Barba’s injury.
“I thought he was outstanding,” Hasler said.
“They were great offloads at critical times for us. The way he played today you’d think he had been playing fullback for quite a while.”
The news does not get better for the Raiders after the loss, with Jack Wighton – who replaced Blake Ferguson – suffering a suspected broken leg.
Morris, who is enjoying electronic cigarette silver case a stellar patch of form, admits that his flick pass around the corner to Sam Perrett – who scored three tries – was a bit of a fluke.
“It definitely was a fluke,” Morris said.
“I had my eyes closed and I thought it went into the in-goal a mile forward. So I was pretty chuffed when that one came off.”
There was controversy in the game, however, with the Raiders having a try for Sam Williams disallowed, after the video referees overturned the decision made by the referees and deemed that Williams had no control of the ball when he went over the line.
“I only question that one there where the referee awarded it, and I think they needed grounds to overturn it and I didn’t see any separation,” Canberra Raiders coach David Furner said.
With the Bulldogs win all but cementing their spot in the top eight, the story is different for the Raiders, who have to win their three remaining games to have a chance at making the finals.
3. Josh Morris
2. Anthony Milford
1. Sam Perrett