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    In the past debuting young players hasn't been easy. It is always a coal face.

    But possibily now isn't a bad time, as Manly do have a few injuries and the Titans have players returning.

    I think we can afford this luxury. Plus he is on the bench, so if the crpa hits the fan, we don't have to throw him in.
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    Rogers, O'Dwyer return to Titans

    IT will be a case of Return of the Titans at Skilled Park on Friday night with Luke O'Dwyer and Mat Rogers set to inject new life into the sliding Gold Coast outfit.

    Needing to beat Manly to revive their season after a torrid month, Titans coach John Cartwright had no hesitation recalling Rogers and O'Dwyer yesterday in a bid to snap a three-match losing streak.

    There will be a touch of irony in O'Dwyer's return against the Sea Eagles, which will be his first NRL match since he tore his anterior cruciate against the same team at Brookvale Oval in the final round last year.

    Rogers will be making his return after missing eight weeks with a knee injury.

    In a match of comebacks, Bodene Thompson returns to the NRL for the first time since being suspended in Round 3 in place of Ash Harrison, who will be on Queensland State of Origin duty.

    Rogers will start in the centres partnering Sam Tagataese, who has shifted from the bench after Joseph Tomane (shoulder) and Clinton Toopi were left out.

    O'Dwyer said yesterday missing the Titans' maiden finals has motivated him to help the side replicate their feat and ensure they were playing in late September.

    "Obviously eight months off the field with injury was a long time," said O'Dwyer.

    "I was confident with all the work I had been doing prior to playing that I could get back and the club's been great.

    "It is tough coming back, especially when you're training and the boys are playing well and you're at the back plugging away trying to get your injury up to scratch."

    Named to start from the interchange, O'Dwyer said he was looking forward to playing alongside long-time family friend and Titans Toyota Cup captain Ryan James, who was named to make his NRL debut in place of Will Matthews.

    He promised Titans fans the youngster would give them a glimpse of his potential.

    "I've known Ryan and his family all my life growing up around Bilambil," he said.

    "He spoke (yesterday) and said he was nervous but I told him not to worry and once he is out there I don't think there will be any worries."

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    Rogers return bad break for Toopi

    Clinton Toopi's NRL revival at the Gold Coast Titans has been curtailed by a quicker than anticipated return from the casualty ward by Mat Rogers.

    The former Kiwis and New Zealand Warriors centre returns to the outer now Rogers has recovered from a serious knee injury - a month earlier than expected -- for Friday night's home match against Manly.

    Toopi, who replaced the former dual international for the corresponding clash in round seven back in April, now faces a battle to regain a place in the first grade squad for the remainder of the season.

    However, the 29-year-old may still have a future at the club that offered him a pathway back to the NRL for the first time since 2006 given Rogers is unlikely to have his contract extended.

    Titans chief executive Michael Searle admitted it would be challenging to fit Rogers into the club's playing roster for next season due to salary cap pressure.

    During his rehabilitation the 34-year-old spoke of a possible return to his original club Cronulla.

    A return to rugby with the Queensland Reds is another possibility for Rogers, who played 45 Tests for the Wallabies between 2002-06.

    Reds coach Ewen McKenzie, who assisted Rogers' transition from league at the NSW Waratahs for three years, would not rule out recruiting the utility back for next year's Super 15.

    "You never say never," he said.

    Rogers was originally expected to miss three months after rupturing his medial ligament in round six against the Dragons but he has been able to return just eight weeks later.

    He teams up in the centres with utility Sam Tagataese, who replaces an injured James Tomane.

    Rogers' return coincides with the Titans bid to snap a three-game losing streak.

    "It's great work from the medical staff to get him back," Titans coach John Cartwright said.

    "They had predicted round 16 at the very earliest so to get him back in round 14, they have done a fantastic job with him."

    Toopi was signed to a one-year incentive based deal as cover - and as a mentor for the club's indigenous players. He made five appearances and scored three tries including a double against
    Newcastle in round nine.

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    The thing is new players have such a great first game then start dieing off.. eg jordan atkins :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by matti View Post
    The thing is new players have such a great first game then start dieing off.. eg jordan atkins :/
    don't get me started with atkins......

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    Quote Originally Posted by matti View Post
    The thing is new players have such a great first game then start dieing off.. eg jordan atkins :/
    Well at least Gordo, Esi and Mead have endured. They are stand outs.
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    Yer there perfect, they should take a role like slater, always ready in position for a run
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    Match Preview - Sea Eagles vs Titans

    The Quantum Manly Sea Eagles take on the Gold Coast Titans in their first Friday night match this season.

    In Brent Kite?s 200th NRL game, Manly travel from the Northern Beaches up to the Gold Coast to battle it out for a top four spot.

    After losing to the Titans in Round 7 this year 24-22, the Sea Eagles will be looking to make amends on the Gold Coast?s home turf.

    Skilled Park holds bad memories from 2009, however. All Sea Eagles members and fans will remember the heartbreaking and controversial loss in the dying minutes last year.

    A penalty goal kicked by Scott Prince at the death ensured the Titans a win, 18-17.

    With preparations for this week not helped by injury and Origin selection, it will be a tough trek across the border for the Sea Eagles.

    With Anthony Watmough and Jamie Lyon unavailable due to injury and Steve Matai still facing one more week on the sidelines, three major forces from the team will be watching from the stands.

    However with Jason King back in the squad after missing out on Origin selection. The seasoned player will be back to add depth to the forward pack.

    The Titans will have Mat Rogers returning from injury which will add some spark to their side.

    The Titan?s are coming off a loss also, against the Canberra Raiders. They showed great spirit after trailing 22-6 at half time and coming within four points of the Raiders, just losing 28-24.

    That poses a threat to the Sea Eagles who have struggled continuously this season with their second half performance.

    Even if Manly can get a good lead by half time, they?ll have to watch out for exhaustion and fatigue come the latter 40 minutes, which is more than likely when the opposition will pounce.

    The playing record with these two is at 4-2 in the Sea Eagles favour ? here?s hoping Manly can widen that statistic.

    The Odds:
    Centrebet have the Sea Eagles at outsiders this week at $1.48 to win and the Titans at $2.66. A reminder that you must be over 18 years of age to bet.

    HEAD TO HEAD:

    Matt Ballin VS Nathan Friend:

    Both of these talented hookers were in contention to replace Cameron Smith in Origin I. With Friend missing out and Ballin proving he had what it takes, there?ll be plenty of action when these two show up on Friday night.

    Matt Ballin:

    While Ballin was busy helping the Sea Eagles to premierships, he?s also been waiting patiently in the wings for Cameron Smith for that #9 Queensland Maroons jersey.

    And Ballin got his chance in game one of State of Origin, playing an outstanding game for the Queenslanders.

    And while the Sea Eagles workaholic has missed out on selection for game two, he?ll still want to show that he has what it takes.

    One of Manly?s most consistent players, Ballin may prove to be the difference between a win and a loss for the Sea Eagles.

    Nathan Friend:

    Friend, on the other hand was thrown up for contention for the coveted spot in the Maroons team.

    He missed out and might want to show selectors that they made a wrong decision.

    In the past, Friend has labelled the Sea Eagles ?****y? and ?arrogant?. But the Titan?s pocket rocket will have to let his playing do the talking for him this week.

    Kick off is at Skilled Park at 7.35pm.

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    Who wrote this preview??

    "The playing record with these two is at 4-2 in the Sea Eagles favour ? here?s hoping Manly can widen that statistic."
    Excuse me???

    And this gem:
    "Centrebet have the Sea Eagles at outsiders this week at $1.48 to win and the Titans at $2.66. A reminder that you must be over 18 years of age to bet."
    I have never seen a 2-1 on shot ($1.50) be an outsider...

    Must be written by a Manly fan - biased AND clueless...!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by karnage View Post
    Who wrote this preview??

    "The playing record with these two is at 4-2 in the Sea Eagles favour ? here?s hoping Manly can widen that statistic."
    Excuse me???

    And this gem:
    "Centrebet have the Sea Eagles at outsiders this week at $1.48 to win and the Titans at $2.66. A reminder that you must be over 18 years of age to bet."
    I have never seen a 2-1 on shot ($1.50) be an outsider...

    Must be written by a Manly fan - biased AND clueless...!!
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    6 man bench with lawton aswell.........

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    lawton has been doing really well in qcup. Especially playing in different positions every few weeks...



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    Fresh faces to boost Titans against Manly
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    The Jetstar Gold Coast Titans are hoping the return of injured players Mat Rogers and Luke O?Dwyer, along with the addition of exciting youngsters Bodene Thompson and Ryan James can get them back on track against Manly Sea Eagles at Skilled Park tomorrow night.

    Rogers is set to slot straight into the centres, while Thompson will fill in at the vacant lock position left by Queensland Origin star Ashley Harrison, leaving James and O?Dwyer to make an impact from the bench.

    Jetstar Titans coach John Cartwright was happy with the side's second half performance in the 28-24 loss to the Raiders last week, but said he hopes the mixture of experience Rogers and O?Dwyer bring to the team, along with the fresh aggression from Thompson and James can give the side a boost.

    ?I was happy with the second half against the Raiders, so we really focused and aimed in on what we did well there,? Cartwright said.

    ?All we can do is be aware of it and we?re aware, yhat?s the hardest thing about a team is getting 17 guys to think along the same lines, but I guarantee we?re all thinking along the same lines come Friday.''

    James, an 18-year-old local junior from the Bilambil Jets, will make his anticipated NRL debut against the Sea Eagles.

    ?He?s (James) shown potential, he?s only very young, but he shows a will and a want to be there, I think we probably need a little bit of youthful enthusiasm and I think he?ll give it to us,'' said Cartwright.

    ?There?s a spring in the step whenever you give someone a debut, that and with O?Dwyer coming back from his long layoff through injury, it?s given us a bit of a boost.''

    Thompson will play his first NRL match since being suspended against Canberrra in Round 3.

    ?He?s had a bit of a retched run with suspension and injury Bodene, but he brings a bit of aggression and he?s a player all the players in the side like playing with,'' said Cartwright.

    ?The feedback we get after the game is that they do like having Bodene in the team especially in a tough situation.?

    Capping a big week for O?Dwyer, who is making his comeback after a lengthy stint in the stands with a knee injury, is the celebration of his first child, with his wife Kara giving birth to a baby boy named Jax this morning.

    The Titans will be looking to put the excitement and buzz going around to good use, as they attempt to break a three-match losing streak against the tough Manly side which would see them keep their spot in top-eight.

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    Short rest suits Titans: Cartwright

    The Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright says a short turnaround between games may actually benefit his team ahead of their round 14 NRL clash.

    The Titans will be aiming to end a three-game losing streak when they take on Manly at Robina on Friday night.

    Cartwright says the short turnaround from last Sunday's game to the match against Manly should not be a problem.

    "We seem to thrive on the hard work," he said.

    "I think we've had a lot of breaks recently. We had a big break in between games and then byes and it hasn't done us good.

    "Before that we had some really hard work and we turned up and rolled our sleeves up and made a good fist of it so I'm looking forward to this Friday."

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    Lawton offers much more from the bench than zillman.


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