Mbye gets chance to push his NRL case
NRL: Moses Mbye says it is "every man for himself", as he looks to solidify his place in the NRL after being named by Canterbury to face Parramatta tomorrow night.
The former Noosa Pirate will start at five-eighth, replacing the suspended Josh Reynolds.
Reynolds, affectionately named "Grub", will spend three weeks on the sidelines after making early guilty pleas for his grade-two tripping and grade-one dangerous contact charges, which arose from his dubious performance against the Broncos last week.
Mbye said the absence of Reynolds had provided him with a huge opportunity to show his NRL worth.
"It is difficult to get a crack at these positions and when an opportunity comes up it is every man for himself," he said.
"Every game is an opportunity and in this industry, no one is safe.
"Obviously Josh and Trent (Hodkinson) are the benchmark halves in New South Wales, but I am looking to put some pressure on them."
Mbye has started five times in the halves for the Bulldogs and once from the bench, earning much praise from Canterbury coach Des Hasler.
The ex-Pirate made the most of his appearances during the Origin period when regular playmakers Trent Hodkinson and Reynolds were on representative duty with NSW.
"Des had a chat to me and said with Josh out, he knows that I can do the job," Mbye said of his selection for tomorrow night's game.
"I have done pretty well when I have played at that level and I am really comfortable playing in the NRL.
"That is my benchmark now and I don't want to go backwards from here."
Mbye, who turned 21 yesterday, is under the added pressure of having to deliver the club a win following four successive losses.
THE Bulldogs sit in eighth place and another loss may push them out of the top eight.
"It is definitely on our minds and we have to win this weekend because the ladder is a logjam," Mbye said. "They are two vital points."
If Canterbury loses, it will be the first time a Des Hasler-coached side has lost five matches in a row since 2004.
"It's not just about him (Hasler), it's about all of us, because we don't want to lose five in a row ourselves," Mbye said, adding that victory would come down to how well his side contained Eels superstar Jarryd Hayne.
"He is in great form and is such a threat and the form player of the competition," he said. "If we are to win this game we are going to have to manage him well."