Tuesday, May 29, 2012 9:07 PM
By D'Arcy Waldegrave
Krisnan Inu won't play again like he did last night for quite a while. It's not unusual that players plucked from the dead zone manage to drag some form out of nowhere to flick the bird at their former coach, and to impress the pants off their new coach (and career saviour). Remember Denan Kemp? Bought by the Warriors, he celebrates by scoring four tries in one game for Brisbane and....well he didn't last long at Mt Smart did he?
The reason Inu still isn't at the club is exactly what we saw last night. A player capable of extraordinary acts of athleticism one week and capable of extraordinary acts of amatuerism the next. Coaches, players and fans will forgive the odd lapse, even the odd nightmare game (just ask Manu), but the 'yoyoing' form of such a gifted player is almost impossible to swallow. Word is he was a lazy trainer too, not a great way to endear oneself to your teammates.
They must look at a guy like that, with all of the natural talent in the world, and think, "Jesus man, a bit of application and you could be one of the immortals of the code, buuut..."
Sadly, like folk in a number of industries, it would appear that Kris relies solely on what he has been gifted, which will only take him so far.
Personally, I'd take a player of half the talent but twice the drive anytime. And I'm sure, in time, the Bulldogs will agree.