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Inu leaves NRL fate in coach Hasler's hand

Inu leaves NRL fate in coach Hasler's hand
Krisnan Inu starred for Samoa in the Pacific Test but has not played NRL footy for the Bulldogs this season. Credit: Robb Cox Copyright: NRL Photos

Krisnan Inu say he's happy to keep battling away in the NSW Cup until he gives Canterbury coach Des Hasler no choice but to pick him in his NRL side.

The vastly-experienced Inu is yet to play first-grade for the ladder-leading Bulldogs this season after breaking his jaw in their final trial match against Melbourne.

But the 27-year-old centre left some pundits questioning why he'd been overlooked by Hasler after an inspiring performance in Samoa's win over Pacific rivals Fiji in Saturday's Four Nations qualifier.

New Zealand-born Inu played one match for the Kiwis at last year's World Cup but is now committed to Samoa, where both his parents were born.

He played a hand in a number of the side's five tries at Penrith's Sportingbet Stadium and nailed all five conversions plus a penalty to secure the 32-16 victory.

"It was definitely good to get my first game under my belt for Samoa, especially having my family here and everyone from church actually - a lot of supporters, a lot of friends and family," Inu said.

On the club front, however, Inu admitted it hadn't been easy watching his team succeed from the lower grades but he remained philosophical.

"It's been tough," he said.

"I've come back from a broken jaw, so I've had to get a bit of fitness under my belt and play a few games.

"Obviously the (NRL) boys have been winning - I can't complain when they're winning.

"I just have to play my game and not worry too much what others think or say about me playing NSW Cup.

"I just have to prove to myself that I still had it in me to play and the boys around me have helped me.

"If I play good, then they've got no choice but to pick me.

"But in the end, it's up to the coach. If the boys are winning, like I said, it's only good for the club that the team's winning."

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