Tag Archive: Anthony Laffranchi


Laffranchi gives injury an extra week

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. Continue reading

Cartwright issues challenge to Bodene Thompson

John Cartwright has backed Bodene Thompson to become a regular starter in the Titans pack after declaring the position was “his to lose” ahead of tonight’s season opener against premiers St George Illawarra. Thompson will pack down alongside Greg Bird and Ashley Harrison in the backrow tonight and Cartwright was yesterday confident the emerging Kiwi talent would become a key component in their make-up this season. A graduate of the Titans’ Toyota Cup system, Thompson became a key contributor with 17 appearances last season but the coach expects more from the 22-year-old after an impressive off-season and trial form. “(Bodene’s) one of those young fellows who has been in our system since he was 16 or 17,” Cartwright said. “He’s been very fortunate that he has such a good-quality group around to learn from (but) it’s going to take a lot to shift him from the starting spot. “He was pushing all last year and he has an opportunity now and it’s up to him to hold it.” Continue reading

Bodene Thompson tipped for a big year

A young Titan has been anointed by the King. Gold Coast forward Bodene Thompson has been tipped for a huge NRL future by no less a judge than Wally Lewis. The league great believes Thompson, 23, who played for New Zealand Maori at the end of last season, is one to watch and could emerge as a superstar. The product of the famed Keebra Park High league nursery has played only 20 NRL games but Lewis has already marked him as a star of the future. “He’s got some skills and I like that he’s got a bit of s–t in him,” he said. “He doesn’t mind the aggressive style of play and that speaks volumes for the kid’s future. I think he has got enormous potential.” With veteran back-rowers Anthony Laffranchi and Mark Minichiello expected to miss the opening weeks of the season, there is a chance for Thompson to lock down a starting berth. Continue reading

Capewell and Rankin making moves

Greg Bird is set to be packed off to the Gold Coast Titans engine room, leaving two fresh-faced upstarts in a hot battle for the Titans’ No.6 jumper.This is the upshot of the Titans’ impressive trial in Coffs Harbour on Saturday night, when talented pivot prospects Luke Capewell and Jordan Rankin played cameo halves roles in the 42-4 slaughter of South Sydney. The pair are set to be face another acid test against North Queensland Cowboys halfback Johnathan Thurston in Cairns on Saturday night. If they again pass with shining colours, the Titans’ safe option of shuffling Bird into the No.6 jumper vacated by dual international Mat Rogers could be shelved before the NRL’s opening round to help to cover a long list of injured backrowers. “I want to have a good go this year,” Capewell said. “I’ve got my goals set, and six is where I want to be. Hopefully I can cement a spot there. Continue reading

Titans trial positions, a closer look …

The Jetstar Gold Coast Titans will roll out the big guns in Coffs Harbour this weekend, with Head Coach John Cartwright today naming a near full-strength line-up for Saturday night’s pre-season trial match against Souths. Jetstar Titans captain and halfback Scott Prince will form a new-look halves combination with Indigenous All Stars teammate Greg Bird while fellow stars Preston Campbell, Luke Bailey, Ashley Harrison, William Zillman and Coffs Harbour junior Kevin Gordon will all line up for their first pre-season matches for 2011. In a significant step for flyer David Mead, the Papua New Guinean International will play his first game since suffering a season-ending foot injury in Round 16, 2010 after being named in the starting line-up on the wing. Continue reading

Laffranchi cleared to play

Titans back rower Anthony Laffranchi has been cleared to play against the Cronulla Sharks at Toyota Stadium on Saturday after no charges were laid from the NRL match review committee following last night’s win over the Roosters. The former NSW and Test representative was placed on report inside the opening eight minutes for a lifting tackle on Roosters winger Sam Perrett. But the NRL has decided he has no case to answer.

Laffranchi could switch to the front

Gold Coast star Anthony Laffranchi admits he’d rather stay at second row, but says he’s prepared to move to prop if it means accommodating Greg Bird in the NRL club’s starting side. The Test and NSW State of Origin representative is one of the game’s best back-rowers, however Laffranchi was moved up front for the Wests Tigers under similar circumstances in the 2005 grand final. Coach John Cartwright, whose finals-bound Titans face the Sydney Roosters at the Sydney Football Stadium on Monday night, faces a selection headache over how to combine his strongest side. Bird is expected to make his return from a hamstring injury against the Roosters, and named on the bench. Before his month-long layout Bird was playing five-eighth, but the superb form of Mat Rogers in his absence has almost guaranteed the retiring veteran won’t be moved out of the halves. This could see for the former Cronulla star to move to lock where he starred for NSW in the third Origin match. Continue reading

DT Performers – The Best of the 2nd Rowers

Now for a look at the 2nd Row Forwards, the work horses in the Dream Team competition.  To make it to this list the players must be currently playing and have a season average of 40 or better.  The stats speak for themselves but I will select a couple and let you know if their current price and form represents good value.

The bench mark score I have used for the second rowers is 50 or better for last two columns, that’s pretty much what we are all looking for from this position.  

  GMS Ave Pts TR  GO MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >= 50 % >= 50
Parker 16 57.50 920 120 224 580 3 80 -87 15 93.75%
Stagg 19 53.05 1008 0 123 869 1 60 -45 13 68.42%
Hindmarsh 18 52.39 943 4 152 791 0 82 -86 10 55.56%
Gallen 18 51.28 923 8 297 624 2 100 -108 11 61.11%
Laffranchi 18 46.11 830 28 185 637 0 80 -100 5 27.78%
Fulton 12 46.08 553 24 71 455 3 56 -56 6 50.00%
Luck 16 44.94 719 0 67 680 0 22 -50 4 25.00%
O’Donnell 11 42.55 468 16 130 348 1 48 -75 3 27.27%
Heighington 19 41.79 794 16 209 589 0 70 -90 2 10.53%
Lowe 18 41.06 739 4 163 617 3 34 -82 3 16.67%
Sutton 19 40.47 769 12 128 364 216 138 -89 2 10.53%
Harrison, A 14 40.21 563 12 116 471 0 18 -54 1 7.14%

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With just two more rounds before the finals start I thought I would introduce something new and look at the best performances each weekend in the lead up to the big one, The 2010 NEX-Cup Grand Final.

As we all look for something extra to secure our spot in the finals you can bet the real NRL coaches will be doing what they can to secure their spot as well.  We should finally see some consistent performances from the NRL front runners, which should mean regular high 700 plus scores from our coaches like we saw in round 20.

The criteria for my review are the players must be a regular in their clubs line up each week, averaging 40 or more for the season and posted a score of 55 or better in the particular round.

(74) Paul Gallen 2RF @ $332,600.00, a jump of $10,600.00, now averaging 51.12 from 17 games.  In 17 games he has only had 1 score below 40 and that was a 38 way back in round 2.  His 74 in round 20 tops his previous high score of 65 in round 4 against the Eels and since then he has only 4 games below 50.  The score of 74 came from 48 TA, 19 MG and 10 OL.  I had a chance to pick him up in round 8 when he reached a season low of $319,000.00 but didn’t because I was concerned about loosing him through suspension.  Other coaches may have had the same opinion because he only owned by 11.85%, a total of 11,501Continue reading

Laffranchi limping into local derby

BACKROWER Anthony Laffranchi has sent an injury scare through the Titans’ camp ahead of tonight’s  crunch NRL derby against the Broncos on the Gold Coast. The former NSW and Australian Test forward is battling a calf injury and missed training last night. He spent yesterday being treated and will be required to undergo a fitness test when the Titans hold their final session at Robina this morning ahead of the Skilled Park clash. “He had a tight calf and after he started warming up it just got a little bit sore,” said Titans physiotherapist Scott Thornton. “We don’t think he has torn it but he has got some tightness in his calf. “As a precaution we stopped him training. He will run this morning and if he gets through that he will play. I am confident he will play.” While the prognosis looks bright for Laffranchi, a cloud of uncertainty continues to hover over both young centre Joseph Tomane (shoulder) and strike weapon Sam Tagataese (shoulder). Tomane has not been sighted since Round 13 against the Raiders, while Tagataese has been missing in action since Round 14 against Manly. Both players are suffering from suspected nerve damage. They are understood to have been sidelined for an indefinite period, with no return date as yet. Fellow outside back Jordan Atkins is also sidelined with a medial ligament strain. In a further blow for the Titans, young forward Will Matthews appears unlikely to play again this season and may need surgery on his injured shoulder.