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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

This is the last key position to look at and there isn’t too many here that are averaging over 40.  I have used 45 as the bench mark score for the last two columns, but perhaps I should have used 30, it might have been a bit more flattering for the big fellers.

There aren’t a lot of stars to choose from here as far as Dream Team goes.  If you are looking at options for your front row it will depend on what points you are looking for and how much money you have to spend as to who you go for.  

  GM Ave Total Pts TR GO MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >=45 % >= 45
Bailey 18 42.78 770 8 226 578 0 32 -74 5 27.78%
Thaiday 17 40.76 693 8 200 516 1 56 -88 9 52.94%
Tronc 13 40.31 524 0 112 400 1 64 -53 1 7.69%
Douglas 19 39.37 748 4 193 607 0 24 -80 4 21.05%
Hannant 16 39.25 628 0 182 503 0 24 -81 1 6.25%
Myles 15 39.13 587 0 161 464 1 42 -81 1 6.67%
Cayless 19 38.05 723 0 195 501 2 84 -59 3 15.79%
Burgess 18 37.78 680 12 222 483 0 90 -127 3 16.67%
Packer, R 18 36.06 649 4 172 515 0 8 -50 3 16.67%
Nuuausala 19 35.42 673 24 151 486 0 90 -78 3 15.79%
King 19 33.95 645 4 190 471 0 58 -78 2 10.53%

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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

Prince could return, as early as next week

Injured Gold Coast Titans playmaker Scott Prince may only miss one NRL match after receiving encouraging scan results on his hamstring on Tuesday. It was initially feared Prince could miss up to six weeks after he limped off in the first half of last round’s 25-24 NRL victory over the Bulldogs. However, Titans coach John Cartwright was hopeful Prince would make his NRL comeback against the Wests Tigers in a fortnight’s time following their next round bye after scans revealed only a minor right hamstring tear. As expected, Prince was a notable absentee when Cartwright named an extended 18-strong squad for the Gold Coast’s Skilled Park clash with Newcastle on Sunday. But experienced trio Preston Campbell, Luke Bailey and Ashley Harrison were injected into the Gold Coast squad on Tuesday. However, they are also recovering from injury and must still prove their fitness by the end of the week in order to run out against the Knights. Campbell (heel), Bailey (ankle) and Harrison (ribs) all missed last Friday night’s 25-24 win over the Bulldogs. If passed fit, Campbell will slot into the halfback spot for Prince while Harrison and Bailey have been named in the starting forward pack. Cartwright was keeping his fingers crossed despite Campbell and Bailey being unable to train with the main squad so far this week. With utility Luke O’Dwyer (hamstring) also on the injury list, Kayne Lawton has been added to an extended five-man bench alongside young forwards Bodene Thompson and Ryan James.

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.

No trip to the judiciary for Bailey

Gold Coast Titans prop Luke Bailey has escaped a tripping charge after he was placed on report after Saturday’s night clash with the Canberra Raiders. Bailey was booked following a 33rd-minute incident in which he appeared to stick his leg out while lying on the ground in an attempt to stop Raiders lock Shaun Fensom. The fact Bailey didn’t bring Fensom to the ground has saved the New South Wales front-rower from a charge by the NRL match review committee. Titans teammate Bodene Thompson could miss four games for his role in a tackle which broke Canberra benchman Travis Waddell’s jaw. Thompson has received a grade five careless tackle charge and will miss three games with an early guilty plea and four if he mounts an unsuccessful defence at the NRL judiciary. Newcastle Knight’s Mark Taufua could miss one game after he was charged with striking in the 50th minute of the loss to Manly on Saturday. He can escape a ban with an early guilty plea.

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).