Dogs can't win without Kimmorley: Barrett

Injured NSW and Cronulla five eighth Trent Barrett has claimed that NRL heavyweights the Bulldogs cannot win the premiership in 2009 without their injured halfback Brett Kimmorley.<br><br>Speaking after Friday night’s surprise loss to an energetic Tigers outfit, Barrett described Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore’s job of replacing his injured halfback as one that will be simply too difficult.<br><br>&nbsp;“I can’t see them [the Bulldogs] winning the competition without him [Brett Kimmorley],” the former Test star admitted on Bigpond Sports Weekend. <br><br>“I thought they were scratchy without Kimmorley. It’s hard to take your most dominant player out of a team and do well.”<br><br>Barrett lauded Kimmorley’s influence on the Bulldogs attack, as well as his noted defence. <br><br>“He does everything... you take Noddy out and it’s not only his attack but his defence. He generates a lot of line speed for them.<br><br>“His kick chase is the best in the competition. He kicks the ball and he makes the next two tackles.”<br><br>Making his Origin debut alongside Kimmorley in Game 3 this year, Barrett pin-pointed tough hooker Michael Ennis as the man most likely to be most affected by Kimmorley’s sudden absence. <br><br>“[It] puts a lot of pressure on Mick Ennis... he’s the one that is going to have to carry the side over the next 3 weeks.”<br><br>Having played alongside temporary Bulldogs halfback Daniel Holsworth, Barrett said the entire team would have to lift to fill the void left by Kimmorley during the final series.<br><br>“[Daniel Holsworth] he can do the job for them but it’s going to take a big effort from [Ben] Roberts and Michael Ennis... to share the work load.<br><br>“I played with DJ (Daniel Holsworth] at the Dragons and he’s a real confidence player.”<br><br>Entering the final series after a comprehensive loss to a team not in the top eight, Daniel Holsworth may not be the only Bulldog who needs a confidence boost if the famous blue and whites hope to make a real play at taking home the title. <br><br><b><a href="http://bigpondvideo.com/Sports-Summer-Highlights/206613" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to watch the entire BSW interview.</a></b>