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Clinton Toopi hopes for a return

Clinton Toopi (Not Listed) faces an anxious wait before discovering whether an injury to Mat Rogers leads to the former Kiwis centre’s return to the National Rugby League. Toopi shapes as a potential replacement for dual international Rogers who hyper extended his left knee during the Gold Coast Titans’ 20-point loss to St George Illawarra on Friday night. The 29-year-old former New Zealand Warriors centurion has been confined to the second-tier Queensland Cup competition since the Titans signed him to a one-year incentive-based deal, reviving his rugby league career after a brief injury-plagued flirtation with union at Bay of Plenty in 2009. Toopi was essentially trialling for Rogers position last night as the Titans’ feeder club Burleigh Bears beat the Central Comets. Jordan Aitkens ($112,600 CTW), Toopi’s centre partner with the Bears, the other option under consideration by Titans head coach John Cartwright for next Monday’s trip to Manly. Cartwright names his line-up on Tuesday. Toopi, who is behind Rogers and impressive Wellington-born rookie Joseph Tomane in the Titans’ midfield pecking order, admitted it had been frustrating waiting in the wings. Cartwright was hopeful Rogers, 34, would only miss “four to six weeks”, presuming scans today confirm a medial ligament tear rather than a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament – a setback that could require season-ending reconstructive surgery.

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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).

Tonga’s season is no longer

A gym accident has left Gold Coasts Esi Tonga ($104,800 CTW) season almost over before it had begun, suffering a suspected pectorial tear during the Titans pre season camp at Coffs Harbour last week the centre will undergo surgery and most likely miss 6 months of the competition. Returning from a shoulder reconstruction suffered on the eve of the Titans maiden semi final campaign, the centre was looking forward to regaining the form he found in 2009 before his shoulder injury. Coach Cartwright confirmed the bad news while citing Matt Rogers ($190,700 CTW) and Kevin Gordon ($102,900 CTW) to fill the left flank whilst Clinton Toopi (Not Listed) and Joseph Tomane ($99,700 CTW/FB) are set to battle out on the right.

Trials round up.

As a NQ Cowboys follower, I expect no less from a player that has left our ranks under hazy circumstances other than to go onto success for another club. Travis Burns ($155,100 HLV) it seems will prove to be another statistic in this ever growing list, it has been reported he had a blinder and made an unforgettable statement in his pursuit to be the other half running along side Luke Walsh ($210,700 HLV) for the Panthers this season. Wade Graham ($167,200 HLV) is also looking to secure this position but after the weekend he may have the odds against him, also having had his differences in the past with Coach Elliott may work against his desire for a starting role. With Luke Lewis ($220,200 CTW/HLV), Petero Civinoceva ($271,300 FRF) and Trent Waterhouse ($307,800 2RF) to return the Panthers are certainly poised for an early attack in this years competition. The Eels on the other hand could possibly see reason for a little concern seeming they almost had their A side on the paddock, but with Daniel Mortimer ($268,000 HLV) and Ben Smith ($189,600 CTW/2RF) exiting because of injury early and Nathan Hindmarsh ($367,700 2RF) a no show, the Eels won’t be too worried.

PENRITH PANTHERS 32 (Travis Burns 2, Shane Elford, Luke Walsh, Michael Gordon, Ryan Walker tries; Michael Gordon 3, Travis Burns goals) def PARRAMATTA EELS 12 (Luke Burt, Ben Smith tries; Luke Burt 2 goals) at CUA Stadium. Crowd: 11,113.

The first half of the Dogs V Dragons line ups looked almost like a standard Telstra Cup fixture, with Jamal Idris ($153,300 CTW) for the Dogs showing what he is potentially capable of week in week out with his unique attacking style culminating in 2 tries for the giant youngster. Ben Barba ($91,100 HLV) also showed he is more than ready if veteran Brett Kimmorley ($237,300 HLV) should happen upon injury with some good touches when on the field. For the Saints, Nathan Fien ($211,500 HLV/HOK) continues to impress Coach Bennett, constantly threatening from Dummy Half and will no doubt slot into the run on side somewhere in this seasons Dragons campaign. In true trials fashion both sides made plenty of errors and it was difficult to split the two, defence being the only winner in this tight fought contest.

DRAGONS 16 (Lett, Green, Vickery Tries; Goodwin 2 Goals)BULLDOGS 14 (Idris 2, Nanai Tries; Turner 1 Goal)

Big things are expected from the Rabbitohs and the Titans this season, if we were to go by their rosters it should be a safe bet on a finals berth for both. The bunnies didn’t throw their big money forwards onto the field preferring to show off their depth against the Titans, and they held their own. For the Titans, the Prince ($287,300 HLV) Bird ($250,000 HLV/2RF) combination had another game to find the common ground between the flair and creativity of Prince mixing with the glass smashing brutality of Bird. The Bunnies youngsters, trying to capture the eye of Coach Lang had some flair of their own whilst the Titans proved to be more tradesman like in their performance. The Titans also played their bargain Ex Kiwi International Clinton Toopi (Not Listed) who brought plenty to the table.

Gold Coast Titans 28 (M Rogers, C Toopi, R Brown, S Prince, W Zillman tries; S Prince 4 goals) defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 (L Capewell 2, I Luke, J Vaivai tries; C Sandow 2, A Reynolds 1 goal). Crowd 5500.

Ben Te’o ($203,100 2RF) performed, scoring twice in what could may possibly be the year for the talented back rower, after showing plenty of potential the former Tiger may have finally settled within the Brisbane outfit. As reported, Israel Folau ($139,800 CTW) also shared the Fullback position with Corey Norman (Not Listed) who is only 18 but showing plenty of confidence and try scoring ability. Albeit an experimental outing for the Broncos it was considered successful. For the Green Machine it was Terry Campese ($331,900 HLV) and Joel Monaghan ($154,500 CTW) who stood ahead of the rest, behind a pack that never let them down. Dane Tilse ($195,600 FRF) ate up the metres while stalwart Alan Tongue ($238,800 2RF) proved that his workload is as high as ever and the Scott Logan ($162,100 FRF), Dane Tilse, David Shillington ($175,500 FRF) and Bronson Harrison ($292,200 2RF) combination could prove to be a dark horse in this seasons high profile packs.

Brisbane 32 d Canberra 24 *Will Post stats asap.