Unlucky duo boost Dogs' grand final pedigree
Lucky charm ... Sam Perrett's record stands at 10 from 11. Photo: Brendan Esposito
IF YOU believe in omens, Krisnan Inu and Sam Perrett are Canterbury's unlucky lucky charms.
Since the pair joined the Bulldogs mid-season, Des Hasler's men have lost just one game.
The pair are just a part of a trio, which also includes Melbourne's Newcastle discard Richie Fa'aoso, who have traded struggling clubs for a grand final berth with a rival team.
For Inu, he's won 14 of the 15 games he has played since leaving the Warriors, while Perrett's record stands at 10 from 11.
Whatever curse they might have broken on arriving at Belmore could be offset by the grand final hoodoo that has plagued the Kiwi pair.
Sunday will mark the fourth consecutive year either of the two have been involved on grand final day, but a premiership ring still eludes them.
Inu, who will play in his third grand final at three different clubs in four years, lost to Melbourne in 2009 while at Parramatta. Last year he suffered the same fate as a Warrior against Manly.
Sam Perrett's only journey to ANZ Stadium on the final Sunday of the NRL season was in 2010 with Sydney Roosters, whose inspired finals campaign was brought to an abrupt halt by St George Illawarra.
While Inu was confident of notching up his first premiership in his previous two attempts, he believes his present side provides him with the biggest opportunity to break the drought. ''Yeah, well no disrespect to the last two teams and two games I played in grand finals, but I think we've shown we have the team to be in the grand final,'' he said. ''But we'll see how things pan out. We've got Melbourne. You always have to be 100 per cent against them or you'll get your pants pulled down.''
The Cabramatta junior is far from a grand final novice in the NRL ranks, but his CV on the big stage extends further than first grade.
''I think my little cousin asked me this yesterday,'' Inu said. ''I've played in grand finals since I was under-9s until 17s, so every year. I probably lost half and won half, so I know how it feels.''
Perrett left his beloved Roosters in a dramatic turn of events and made his debut for the Bulldogs in round 18. While he was saddened to leave his former club, he described the move as a blessing, both on and off the field.
''If you had asked me at the start of the year where I'd be now, I wouldn't have said playing in a grand final for the Bulldogs,'' Perrett said.
''It's all turned out the way it has for a reason. From the moment I saw the culture at the club, I knew I wanted to be apart of it.
''It was really tough the way it all unfolded [at the Roosters]. This was my ninth year there so it was home to me, and I still consider it a big part of my life and I love a lot of people there. But it was about time for a change, and it's worked out.''
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