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Broncs thump Titans

A young and inexperienced Jetstar Gold Coast Titans succumbed to a disappointing loss in their first trial match of the season, going down to the Brisbane Broncos 42-18 in front of a crowd of 3,500 at Kougari Oval Wynnam. The Titans looked the better of the two sides in the early exchanges with Esi Tonga scoring two tries before the leaving the field with a broken nose and concussion. Some impressive play through half back Luke Capewell and hooker Matt Srama helped narrow the margin throughout the game but it wasn’t enough with the Broncos laying on five unanswered tries as a shell-shocked Titans side attempted to recover. Titans coach John Cartwright said tonight was an important hit-out for the youthful side. “On the whole I think everyone did pretty well,” Cartwright said. “We played well in patches, it’s just a shame the score line blew out a bit in the end. Continue reading

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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 look to Mat Rogers for early return

Experienced Titans centre Mat Rogers is poised to make a shock return from a knee injury against Manly at Skilled Park on Friday as the Gold Coast desperately try to end their three-game losing run. Rogers has been missing from the Titans line-up since rupturing his medial ligament against St George Illawarra in round six. Despite fears he was facing 12 weeks on the sidelines, the decorated dual international is set to be rushed back against the Sea Eagles just eight weeks to the day since he suffered the injury. Rogers will not be named when Titans coach John Cartwright unveils his team today, but a club source last night said Rogers was rated a better than 60 per cent chance of bolting into the side later in the week. Continue reading

Ins and Outs

I was looking back through the news earlier in January of this year and came along an ‘Ins and Outs’ for player movements and injury concerns for this season. Mostly it was information we already knew about, but there were some injuries and their predicted returns that took me by surprise – {Bulldogs} David Stagg – shoulder (Rd 2) {Titans} Luke O’Dwyer – knee (Rd 3) Esi Tonga – shoulder (Rd 2) Aaron Cannings – shoulder (Rd 6) {Eels} Nathan Hindmarsh – wrist (indefinite) {Panthers} Jarrod Sammut – ankle (Rd 1-2) Gavin Cooper – ankle (Rd 1-2) {Rabbitohs} Michael Crocker – ankle (Rd 2) {Roosters} Braith Anasta – ankle (Rd 1) {Cowboys} Matt Bowen – knee (Rd 6) .

Now I do want you to keep in mind this information was posted early January and we all know injury times can change, but I at least wanted all coaches to know what they are considering early. How are those teams looking ? Finalised ? Changed 23 times ? Ever-growing watchlist ?