Tag Archive: Preston Campbell


Titans stick with Capewell at 6

Titans coach John Cartwright liked enough of what he saw of Luke Capewell to persevere with him in the No.6 jumper despite his losing debut against St George Illawarra on Saturday night. Cartwright also declared the Preston Campbell experiment off the bench as a back-up hooker a big success although cautioning how much punishment he could subject his new lightweight super-sub to in the role. Capewell showed enough to give Cartwright hope he will fill the key role left vacant by the retirement of dual international, Mat Rogers, although he has a bit of work to do on his kicking game to take help some pressure of Scott Prince. “I was really happy with Luke. I thought he showed in the second half especially some broken field stuff to suggest he’s going to be a good player,” said Cartwright. “He’s finding his way. “He’s a real quiet kid, a country boy but the quicker he gets comfortable within the side, he is going to offer us a lot.” Capewell roamed around hanging off players in the ruck looking for an opportunity to use his speed and clever footwork. Continue reading

Capewell gets 6 for Titans

The form of budding pivot Luke Capewell has relieved one of Gold Coast coach John Cartwright’s biggest headaches ahead of their NRL season opener. But the Titans mentor admitted he would be wrestling with another major decision right up to Saturday night’s kick-off against the Dragons. Ex-South Sydney player Capewell gave Cartwright no choice but to slot the 21-year-old into the vacancy created by Mat Rogers’ retirement. It ensured Cartwright didn’t lose too much sleep over who to replace the dual international, with veteran Preston Campbell and Greg Bird also being in the initial mix. “He had a really good off-season, he didn’t miss any time – I thought he was the most impressive in the No.6 jersey of the guys competing for that position in the trials,” Cartwright said. Continue reading

Titans name 21 for Cowboys Trial

Jetstar Gold Coast Titans Coach John Cartwright is one step closer to settling on a side for the club’s season opening blockbuster against the Dragons after today naming a strong 21-man line-up for Saturday night’s pre-season trial match against the North Queensland Cowboys in Cairns. After utilising the services of 25 players in last Saturday night’s impressive 42-4 trial match win over Souths in Coffs Harbour, Cartwright has condensed the squad to 21 as he looks to fine-tune combinations in the club’s final pre-season hit-out before the Round 1 clash against the Dragons at Skilled Park on Saturday, March 12. Indigenous All Stars representative Ryan James returns from a one match suspension to play his first pre-season match for the Jetstar Titans, while utility Luke O’Dwyer has been ruled out after sustaining a rib injury in last weekend’s win over the Rabbitohs. 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 flog Souths

South Sydney coach John Lang has a major headache ahead of the Rabbitohs’ opening match of the NRL season after a 42-4 flogging by Gold Coast on Saturday night.

Already missing star signing Greg Inglis and with fellow internationals Sam Burgess, Isaac Luke and Michael Crocker under injury clouds as well, Lang’s worries were heightened with a further injury to backrower Ben Lowe during the trial match in Coffs Harbour on the NSW north coast.

Even accounting for the absence of his stars Lang would also be holding serious doubts over his attacking options as the tried and tested halves combination of Chris Sandow and John Sutton was virtually impotent against the Titans.

Gold Coast coach John Cartwright has no such worries. 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

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

IN-N-OUT – Rd 2

A pair of hookers who have seen little action in recent times will be thrown to the wolves on Friday night with Canterbury and St George Illawarra putting their depth to the test in the NRL grudge match. Journeymen Blake Green and Luke Priddis will wear the No.9 jumpers for the Bulldogs and Dragons respectively, Green earning his chance after Michael Ennis accepted a one-week ban for a high tackle while Priddis comes in for Nathan Fien, who is out with a broken leg. “It’s extremely disappointing for Fiensy, he’s a great player and a great guy,” Priddis said. “I’m looking forward to having a run on Friday night … the Bulldogs are always a tough prospect, no matter when or where you play them.”

The Bulldogs also welcome back winger Bryson Goodwin, who will assume goalkicking duties with Ennis out, the hooker left with little choice but to cop the one match suspension for a high tackle on Newcastle’s Matt Hilder.

South Sydney coach John Lang has also been forced to test his reserves with David Tyrell coming in for Eddy Pettybourne, who will be out for up to three months with a broken jaw, while Junior Vaivai replaces Colin Best (ribs). “He’s a very good prospect Junior, he had a very good season in the Toyota Cup last year,” Lang said ahead of Friday’s match against Gold Coast at ANZ Stadium.

The Titans received a boost on Tuesday with fullback Preston Campbell cleared after receiving a head knock in Sunday’s win over the Warriors.

Penrith welcome back Trent Waterhouse from a quad strain for the trip north to play North Queensland, former Sydney Rooster Willie Mason again named to start from the bench.

Manly coach Des Hasler has been forced to reshuffle his backline for Sunday’s clash with fellow round one losers Parramatta with Michael Robertson deputising for Brett Stewart at fullback.

Titans to rest Campbell

Preston Campbell will be rested this Friday nights match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs as the Titans are set to recall Will Zillman from the Qld Cup. While Campbell’s condition had improved significantly after suffering a heavy concussion in the Titans’ round-one win over the Warriors, the club’s medical staff won’t risk the pint-sized custodian given his history of head knocks. The Titans are also keen to reward Zillman, who took his first-round omission from the top grade on the chin and starred in difficult conditions playing state league for Ipswich against Easts Tigers. Prop Matt White will be named, but is anything but certain to play after he was a late scratching from the Warriors match with a virus. White has been battling with the complaint since the Titans’ final trial match in Darwin and has been sent for more tests.