Mended Titan Anthony Laffranchi has the Broncos in his sights after admitting another week on the sidelines would ensure they were no setbacks yesterday. Confident he could get through this weekend’s match-up with Melbourne, Laffranchi, who suffered a setback in his comeback from off-season shoulder and wrist reconstructions when he tweaked a hamstring, said with only five days before the meeting with Brisbane the risk was not worth taking. “I’m definitely fit and if I had my choice I would like to get on the plane for Melbourne,” Laffranchi said. “I’m back to full training this week but as they say with a hamstring ‘if it feels good give it that extra week’.” “Coming off the back of Melbourne and the short turnaround if I can get the kilometres up this week and get back running with the team (next) Monday I should be right to get stuck into Brisbane.” Faced with the toughest road trip in the league when they meet the Melbourne Storm in the Victorian capital on Saturday night, the Titans will name the same squad who went down to world champions St George Illawarra last weekend. The only change could come with the return of 18th man Mark Minichiello, who is expected to travel south and force his way into the 17-man lineup after getting another week of rest last weekend. Reluctant to bring Minichiello back early for the Dragons, Titans coach John Cartwright will adopt a similar philosophy with Laffranchi and fellow regulars Nathan Friend (shoulder) and Brad Meyers (knee). But there was no doubt about the coach’s desire to get his best side onto the field. “We’ll pick the best 17 we have (but) to have 25 players or 30 who can play first grade I look at that as a positive for us,” Cartwright admitted yesterday. “It’s not really an issue for us. Someone will be disappointed and someone will be happy but that’s life in a footy season.” While a spot will be there for Laffranchi, the only uncertainty for the 30-year-old Murwillumbah product was whether it was in the front or backrow. “Nothing much changes between those role but whatever fits the balance of the team I’m happy to do,” he said. “But to miss two games and be right for the rest of the year, I can see the benefits there for the team.”

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