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    Default Round 18: Wests Tigers vs Gold Coast Titans

    Wests Tigers vs Gold Coast Titans
    7:30PM - Friday 9 July 2010 - Campbelltown Stadium




    1. Wade McKinnon
    2. Lote Tuqiri
    3. Blake Ayshford
    4. Chris Lawrence
    5. Geoff Daniela
    6. Benji Marshall
    7. Robert Lui
    8. Bryce Gibbs
    9. Robbie Farah
    10. Keith Galloway
    11. Todd Payten
    12. Liam Fulton
    13. Chris Heighington

    Interchange:
    14. Mark Flanagan
    15. Junior Moors
    16. Simon Dwyer
    17. Daniel Fitzhenry

    Reserves:
    18. Mitch Brown
    19. Andrew Fifita



    1 Preston Campbell
    2 Kevin Gordon
    3 Mat Rogers
    4 Bodene Thompson
    5 William Zillman
    6 Greg Bird
    7 Scott Prince ?
    8 Luke Bailey
    9 Nathan Friend
    10 Michael Henderson
    11 Anthony Laffranchi
    12 Mark Minichiello
    13 Ashley Harrison

    Interchange
    14 Matthew White
    15 Brad Meyers
    16 Ryan James
    17 Luke O’Dwyer
    19 Steve Michaels

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    Time to look forward. Hopefully with a team led by Scott Prince at #7!

    Also have to monitor te injuries to David Mead and Sam Tagataese.
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    Bruised Titans look forward to the bye - and return of Prince the playmaker

    GOLD COAST could pay a heavy price for their disappointing loss to Newcastle, with right-side backs David Mead and Sam Tagataese suffering potentially serious injuries.

    Exciting winger Mead hobbled out of Skilled Park on crutches last night, having failed to re-emerge after being forced from the field with an ankle problem after only 20 minutes.

    Tagataese, a promising centre who enhanced his reputation with a thundering hit on Knights five-eighth Ben Rogers yesterday, could also be facing a stint in the casualty ward after sitting out the second half with a shoulder injury.

    The Titans' fitness synopsis was sadly appropriate for them on a day they looked anything but a top-four side. Missing ringmaster Scott Prince with a torn hamstring, NSW Origin candidate Greg Bird took the reins primarily but experienced a mixed afternoon, throwing in a couple of try assists with some poor kicking and questionable last-tackle options. Preston Campbell, the nominal halfback, played mostly at fullback in a reshuffle prompted by the departures of Mead and Tagataese.

    The Titans have the bye this weekend and Prince is expected to be back for their next match, against Wests Tigers. On this evidence his return cannot come soon enough.

    Despite a wave of possession, the hosts lacked cohesion, committed a succession of crucial turnovers and allowed their opponents over the line all too easily.

    ''We spoke after the game about our defence,'' Gold Coast coach John Cartwright said. ''You can't pick and choose when you want to be desperate, you have got to be desperate for the whole 80 minutes.

    ''If we had have won today that would have put us up there in that top two or three going into the bye next week. I mean, we are up there but we aren't playing well and the injuries are starting to mount up. That would have been a really nice two points.

    ''Our first half in particular was way down on some of the standards we set for ourselves. There were some pretty soft decisions made in defence.

    ''I don't think we ever really had any control over that game, save for a part in that first half where we led 12-6. It was pretty much their game after they hit the lead. After they got the lead, they had that confidence they could score tries so easily on us. It dented our confidence and they grew from it.''

    Titans captain Luke Bailey, a standout in a losing side with 29 tackles and 17 runs, was also suitably disappointed.

    ''I think sometimes we just get a little excited. We seem to play a couple of good sets and tend to drift out of the game,'' Bailey said. ''If we had just stuck with the game plan - which was very simple - it would have been a win. But we got away from that, dropped ball started to creep in … it was just disappointing. We were pretty ordinary today.''

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    Injuries hurting but crying doesn't help


    Sam Tagataese will have scans on his injured shoulder today Picture: David Clark

    IT's an easy out but John Cartwright said the mounting injury toll at the club could not be used as an excuse with the squad still boasting enough strike power to go on with the job.

    With David Mead (ankle) and Sam Tagataese (shoulder) the latest to join the casualty ward, the Titans' depth is set to be tested over the coming month.

    While skipper Scott Prince and Luke O'Dwyer (hamstrings) could make a return against the Tigers on Friday night, July 9, the news could be a lot worse for Mead and Tagataese, who both played no part in the second half on Sunday, with the pair to have scans today to confirm the severity of their injuries.

    Regardless, Cartwright said there was no point becoming bogged down by concerns over his playing roster.

    "You can't worry about it," fired Cartwright when asked about the loss of Tagataese and Mead.

    "We have been without Princey for the last couple of weeks and if you spend time worrying about (who is out) you lose valuable time preparing for what is ahead."

    "You can't dwell on your losses, we will deal with it and move towards the Tigers game in 10 days time."

    While there were few highlights to come from the Knights defeat, one was the impact of Bodene Thompson, who highlighted his versatility with a pleasing effort alongside makeshift winger William Zillman, on the right-hand edge after Mead and Tagataese were forced out.

    Thompson in particular was strong, especially considering he had just returned to the NRL squad after losing his sport when he was suspended for a high shot against Canberra in Round 3.

    "Bodene has been impressive in the last two weeks," said Cartwright.

    "He had to play in the centres and he has never played there before but I have been impressed with how he handled it."

    "But Zilly too, he was out of position but he really stiffened up our defence out there when they went to him and it's nice to know he can play there."

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    It's just a lack of urgency


    With the Titans falling to their sixth loss of the season against Newcastle, coach John Cartwright insists it is just a case of lack of urgency

    GOLD Coast Titans coach John Cartwright has scoffed at thoughts cracks had begun to surface in their on-field performances despite landing just two wins from their past six matches.

    With the Titans berated from certain sectors after falling to their sixth loss of the season, Cartwright insisted it was a case of `no urgency' that brought about their most recent downfall to Newcastle and nothing else.

    With another two points coming their way with this weekend's bye, the coach was confident they could iron out their deficiencies before their next encounter with the Wests Tigers.

    The two teams sit in equal third place on the ladder with 20 competition points -- three wins behind leaders St George.

    "When you look at the competition table there's only two sides ahead of us," said Cartwright of the Titans, who are guaranteed another two points with this weekend's bye.

    "Everyone will want to paint a gloomy picture but the Dragons and Penrith are the only ones to win more games than us."

    "The worrying thing is is that we are just off our best."

    "There is a fine line between winning and losing and (against the Knights) we just weren't quite up to it."

    Conceding there was little write home about in their 24-16 loss to Newcastle on Sunday, the coach stressed they had their opportunities to win with the 15-minute period before half-time costly.

    In their worst effort of the season, the Titans stumbled, being out-enthused by the desperate Knights despite dominating many facets of the game.

    The stats sheets read the same way, with the Titans dominating every major category except the final scoreline.

    It's an area they will need to rectify over the next 10 days before heading into a tough month with games against the Tigers and Brisbane before the dreaded trek to Kogarah on July 23 to face St George Illawarra.

    "I think our discipline was good but it was our will (plus) we fell off a few tackles and we were slow to get off our line," he said.

    "(But) it's no excuse, there was a lot on the line and we had a great opportunity to consolidate in the top two or three and to be out enthused was disappointing more than anything."

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    Injuries force another reshuffle


    Recovered...Esi Tonga. Picture: Richard Gosling Source: The Daily Telegraph

    HESITANT to throw the returning Esi Tonga in the deep end, the Titans are considering refashioning another back-rower into a centre following the loss of Sam Tagataese to a shoulder injury.

    With Tagataese and winger David Mead both facing long stints on the sidelines, the Titans will be forced to rebuild their right side and the men who finished there on Sunday against Newcastle, back-rower Bodene Thompson and fullback Will Zillman, are likely to get the nod.

    It could prove a long-term combination, with fears that the season of Mead, who will have scans on an ankle injury today, is over and Tagataese also in trouble.

    The impressive Tonga, who hasn't played after suffering a shoulder injury in pre-season, is due to return this week in Queensland Cup, but coach John Cartwright admitted he was tempted to leave Thompson in the centres.

    "Esi is available for selection this week, but he hasn't played for a long time so it would be a big ask to pick him in first grade," Cartwright said. "Bodene did a good job out there and handled it pretty well and same with Will Zillman playing out of position. I thought they really bolstered up our right side when they went out there."

    The Titans have the bye this week before facing a tough run of matches against the Tigers, Broncos and Dragons.

    Cartwright admitted he had been bitterly disappointed by his side's attitude in Sunday's shock loss to the Knights.

    "We had a 15-minute period where we lacked a bit of want, desire or enthusiasm," Cartwright said. "In the end they wanted it more. There was a lot on the line, the chance to consolidate a place in the top two or three, and to be out-enthused was disappointing."

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    Meyers rues missed opportunity

    Gold Coast Titans forward Brad Meyers was left to rue a missed chance for his side to kick clear of a pack of pursuers on the NRL ladder after yesterday’s 24-16 loss to the Newcastle Knights at Skilled Park.

    And the former Test forward was also left to lament what might have been after coming agonisingly close to a rare try-scoring double in the dying stages of the game.

    With five minutes left on the clock and the Titans trailing by eight, Meyers burst through and had only 10m and overmatched Knights skipper Kurt Gidley between himself and the line.

    The besieged NSW Origin skipper made an unlikely try-saver, denying the flame-haired Meyers his second try of the night. His first came in the 27th minute when he dived on a Greg Bird grubber in the in-goal just seconds after replacing prop Michael Henderson.

    “He sort of come out of nowhere and I just pulled up a bit short,” Meyers said. “It was a bit unlucky and it might have changed a few things.”

    Gidley, who will tonight learn his fate as NSW Origin skipper when the Blues name their team for game three, said he owed Meyers after the former Bronco had run over him three years ago.

    “The first year up here I missed a tackle on him and I swore I’d never do it again,” he said.

    “He’s a pretty scary guy when he’s coming through the line, but that’s part of my job to tackle him.”

    With the loss, the Titans missed an opportunity to jump the Wests Tigers, their next opponents, into third spot on the NRL ladder.

    Meyers said the team would dearly have loved to go into next week’s bye on a winning note.

    “(Byes) are good and they’re bad,” he said. “You want to get out and play the following week, but it’s just the way it goes.

    “It would have been good going through these couple of weeks with four points under our belt instead of two.”

    The Titans are now in a pack of six teams within two competition points scrapping for home-field advantage in the finals.

    But more concerning for coach John Cartwright is the list of clubs awaiting the Titans on the other side of next week’s bye.

    July shapes as a testing month for the Gold Coast, with the Tigers, resurgent Broncos and competition pace-setting Dragons lurking on the schedule.

    With that in mind, Cartwright said yesterday’s loss could come back to haunt his team.

    “It’s disappointing because it was a good opportunity to skip clear of the pack chasing us with some tough games coming up,” he said.

    “We’re up there on the competition table but we’re not playing well.

    “We’ve got a few injuries starting to mount up as well, so that would have been a really nice two points.

    “The first half was way down on some standards that they set for themselves. There were some pretty soft decisions made defensively.”

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    well if they keep the centres the way they are saying
    lawton or some other back def needs to be on the bench.

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    Tigers looked ordinary tonight. Hopefully the late win lulls them into thinking they are travelling better than they really are and they turn up with the same attitude next Friday.

    With our injury woes and disjointed attack we will need them to be off their game to be any chance at all...

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    Yes I was thinking the same thing. They were very ordinary - just our luck they will be on fire next week :-( Lets hope our boys are too!

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    If we aim up in the forwards, we will win. The tigers pack is the softest in the competition and if benji is at halfback the tigers are clueless. Let's hope we can find a good combination for our right side and light up the powder puff tigers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supergoose View Post
    If we aim up in the forwards, we will win. The tigers pack is the softest in the competition and if benji is at halfback the tigers are clueless. Let's hope we can find a good combination for our right side and light up the powder puff tigers.
    He def is clueless at halfback and dont know why they persist with this arrangement

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    I agree...I also hope the Tigers leave Benji at Half back against the Titans.
    Having Ellis in doubt for this game is a positive.

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    Titans wary of 'under the radar' Tigers
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    Jetstar Gold Coast Titans forward Anthony Laffranchi believes the Wests Tigers have been flying dangerously under the radar ahead of Friday night?s blockbuster clash at Campbelltown Stadium.

    The former premiership winning Tigers forward said Friday night?s battle against the third-placed Tigers would be a good indication of where the fourth-placed Titans are at heading into a tough three week period where they face the Tigers, Broncos and Dragons.

    ?They?ve gone a little bit under the radar I think,?? said Laffranchi of the Tigers.

    ?They?ve cemented third spot on the same points as us but they keep ticking the wins over.

    ?Its going to be a great game and obviously back at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday night it?ll be a big clash.

    ?I?ve had some good memories there (at Campbelltown) and we?ve also had some good ones with the Titans.

    ?I know from personal experience the Tigers love playing down there, especially on Friday night and with them winning, they?ll get a big crowd out there and plenty of support.''

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    I hope everyone had a great break from the footy with the BYE. It was fantastic to catch up with so many of you yesterday to play some touch and have a BBQ and have a fantastic social occasion.

    But now it is time to gear up for our next game against the Wests Tigers. They aren't looking flash at all, woeful you could say. But teams have a habbit of turning it on for us.

    Where is everyone watching it?
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