25 Sep 2009

Hannant tips Origin-like final

7:03 pm on 25 September 2009

Bulldogs prop Ben Hannant anticipates a ferocious State of Origin-style opening to tonight's NRL preliminary final against Parramatta.

The Bulldogs and the Eels are battling for a spot in next week's grand final and Hannant predicts a repeat of last weekend's fiery opening to the Brisbane-St George Illawarra match, in which the Broncos bashed the Dragons' forwards into submission.

He says semi-final football is very much like Origin so it'll be aggressive with the emphasis on

completing sets , kicking long, hoping for an error and taking opportunities.

A decision on whether Parramatta five-eighth Daniel Mortimer plays will not be made until just before kick-off, with the rookie still struggling to overcome a hip injury.