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NRL: Griffin relying on cool Mbye

St George Illawarra coach Anthony Griffin has revealed Moses Mbye will play at hooker against the Cronulla Sharks and is backing him to keep a cool head in what is expected to be a feisty clash.

There will be plenty of pride on the line at Wollongong’s WIN Stadium and with bragging rights also on the line, the Dragons are priced at 59/50 to win the clash.

New No.9

With Andrew McCullough set to miss out with an elbow injury Mbye will be handed the No.9 jersey and Griffin is expecting a cool performance from him.

Griffin brought him in from the Wests Tigers during the off-season and says this kind of game is made for him.

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"Moses is a real pro - he's still only 27 but he's been around and he's played State of Origin, he's played finals football," Griffin told reporters on Wednesday.

"He's bought that experience and that calmness, he's a real professional with the way he prepares himself and that's rubbed off on a lot of our guys."

Backed to play the 80

Mbye has been coming off the bench in the opening two rounds but will now have to put in a bigger shift. However Griffin has no concerns.

"We've got a lot of faith in in what he can do tomorrow night - he's really fit,” Griffin added. "He's got a left foot kicking game as well, which brings a point of difference, so it's disappointing for Andrew but it gives Moses a chance to start and play a leading role."

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