Tag Archive: Brad Meyers


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

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

Titans lose Harrison & Bailey

The Gold Coast Titans have copped an injury double blow ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with the Bulldogs on the Suncorp Stadium double-header. Workhorse prop Luke Bailey and Origin star Ashley Harrison have been ruled out. Bailey hurt his ankle during last week’s win over Manly, while Harrison received stitches this morning for a cut eyelid suffered during last night’s Origin victory. The Titans on Tuesday named an extended 19-man squad, meaning it is likely Bodine Thompson will come in to the starting side in place of Harrison at lock, with Brad Meyers a candidate to replace Bailey in the front row. That would make rookie rising star Ryan James a certainty to keep his bench spot after last week’s polished debut.

Round 1 Teams – Titans Update

*Updated* GOLD Coast co-captain Luke Bailey has declared himself a certain starter for the Round 1 match-up against New Zealand Warriors at Skilled Park next Sunday.

Gold Coast forward Luke Bailey ($266,500 FRF) is in doubt for his clubs first round clash against the Warriors after suffering a flare up to a knee injury yesterday at training. In an untimely headache for the Gold Coast just eight days out from their season opener at Skilled Park, Bailey hobbled off the training paddock during contact work yesterday. “We’re pretty confident he’ll be fine, we don’t think he’s hurt his medial ligaments again, he just got a knock in the same area,” Cartwright said. Bailey first suffered the ligament tear during the Gold Coast’s pre-season trial win against South Sydney at Coffs Harbour. With fellow frontline prop Michael Henderson ($180,700 FRF) also hoping to be fit after surgery on his toe this week, Bodene Thompson (Not Listed) and Will Matthews ($124,800 2RF/FRF) are pressing hard for berths. While Bailey and Henderson are in doubt, ex-Test forward Brad Meyers ($206,200 2RF)(sternum) is fit, as is Matt White ($175,700 FRF), a late withdrawal from the Titans’ final trial with a virus. In other news, it is believed Melbourne Storm recruit Joseph Tomane ($99,700 CTW/FB) has edged ex-Kiwi Test star Clinton Toopi (Not Listed) for the right centre jumper. Tomane is set to link with Papua New Guinea Test flyer David Mead ($93,500 CTW/FB).