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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

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Nathan Friend to miss the first three rounds

Tenacious Titans hooker Nathan Friend has officially been ruled out for the first three rounds of the Gold Coast’s premiership campaign after meeting with a specialist about his injured shoulder. While there was speculation he could bolt back into the selection frame for Round 1 against the Dragons, the hard-working rake now has to come to terms with being sidelined for a further month. A disappointed Friend yesterday said while he hoped to mount a comeback earlier, medical advice was he bide his time rather than risk further damage. Friend said he would resume contact training after the club’s Round 3 clash with the Broncos and push for selection for the Round 4 away trip to Canberra to do battle with the Raiders. 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