Canterbury Bulldogs halfback Moses Mbye embraces great expectations of NRL life

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Nanjing Night Net

Moses Mbye is aware of the expectation which comes with wearing the Canterbury No.7 jersey.

Instead of shying away from the pressure, Mbye has learnt to embrace it as he prepares to play Penrith on Thursday night.

Life after NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson began last week with a resounding win against Manly, with Mbye determined to steer his side to success.

“You have to feel expectations,” Mbye said. “You’re playing NRL as a halfback and you have to guide the team around. If you didn’t have that expectation you’re probably not at the right club. I’m grateful people are expecting me to do good things at this club. That’s going to drive me.

“Anyone playing in a club like [the Bulldogs will bring pressure] and we’ve had some great No.7s.”

Mbye and halves partner Josh Reynolds starred during the 28-6 win over Manly last Friday. They laid on two tries each and were not restricted to one side of the field, with the duo combining on a short side raid to set Sam Perett up for the opening try.

“I was pretty nervous coming into that game,” Mbye said. “Round one is always nerve-racking. I thought the boys helped me out a lot, I wouldn’t want to play behind any other pack.

“Me and Josh have spent five months together over the summer. To do a little combination is always pleasing. Hopefully we can get together a few more times. He is very helpful. He is very experienced and in the leadership group at our club.

“He has played in grand finals, in Origins, he knows how to play rugby league.”

Mbye singled out his trimmed down forward pack for praise. Big men, Sam Kasiano, Tony Williams and Greg Eastwood have shed weight this season but maintained their dominance against the Sea Eagles.

“The boys have worked extremely hard in the off-season,” Mbye said. “They’ve put in the hours. Tony Grimaldi [Bulldogs trainer] has been riding their backsides like there is no tomorrow.”

While the Bulldogs welcome back David Klemmer from suspension, hooker Michael Lichaa will be sidelined for up to 12 weeks with a knee injury, handing Craig Garvey his club debut.  The Panthers have hooking problems with James Segarayaro sidelined and replaced by back-rower Tyrone Peachey.  Mbye said his side wants to emulate their defensive efforts of last week.

“We were pretty pleased limiting them to six points,” Mbye said. “We got a bit scrappy but optimistic going forward this season.”

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