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    Cleary is two from two when he's made big selection decisions ... we're none from none because we've never made any.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanic View Post
    Cleary is two from two when he's made big selection decisions ... we're none from none because we've never made any.
    Hahahahahah sad but true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karnage View Post
    So much for that...

    I thought Harro played pretty strongly apart from the one on one miss on Carney that led to their first try in the second half. Fingers crossed he's right to go on Sunday.
    The player that didn't train was JT

    Harro had a great game apart from the missed tackle on Carney but i was happy about that
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    Titans v Panthers preview

    NRL.com Wed, Jun 13, 2012 - 6:15 PM

    Gold Coast Titans v Penrith Panthers
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    A promising run of good form for the Gold Coast came to a sudden end last Sunday when they fell to an under-manned Cronulla outfit, but they will be confident of quickly putting that performance behind them when they host strugglers Penrith at Skilled Park.

    The Titans have been a tough side to pick so far in 2012 ? last year?s wooden-spooners again struggling to live up to their potential before suddenly hitting their straps with three consecutive wins to rekindle their finals hopes.

    However, if they are serious about their season ticking over into late September then they must take care of the Panthers this weekend.

    That will certainly be the expectation of coach John Cartwright who welcomed a number of big-name signings ? namely Jamal Idris, Nate Myles and Beau Champion ? to the club at the start of the year and knows he has a squad that should be troubling the big guns.

    Still, the return of their entire back row of Myles, Greg Bird and Ashley Harrison from State of Origin duty is significant and with veteran halfback Scott Prince impressing of late (they certainly missed his presence against the Sharks), another run of victories isn?t beyond them.

    Penrith, on the other hand, simply need to salvage something from their rapidly crumbling season.

    New coach Ivan Cleary didn?t promise the world when he arrived during the off-season but after a promising start the Panthers have offered little since. Like the Titans, they will welcome back key players from Origin duty this week in Luke Lewis, Tim Grant and Michael Jennings and the hope will be that they make headlines for their efforts on the field rather than off it: despite representing the Blues, Jennings hasn?t taken his place in the Penrith squad since he was dumped to NSW Cup a month ago while Lewis is known to be unhappy with Cleary?s decision to strip him of the captaincy for the duration of the rep season.

    Can Penrith turn their own season around? The signs were certainly good when they upset premiers Manly three weeks ago but an untimely bye and a woeful second-half performance against the Warriors on Monday night has quickly ended any momentum they were building. They need to arrest the slide ASAP.

    Cleary has made his presence felt again this week, dropping fullback Lachlan Coote, with Josh Mansour moving to fullback. Jennings returns at the expense of Geoff Daniela.
    The Titans will be bolstered by the return of their Origin back-rowers while captain Scott Prince has also been named after withdrawing just hours before last week?s loss to Cronulla with back soreness.

    Jamal Idris will no doubt be looking for another big performance after running for more than 100 metres last week for the first time since Round 2. He has fared well against Penrith in the past, with three tries from four games and an average five tackle-breaks.

    His team-mate Mark Minichiello (209 games) requires just 37 more metres to reach 20,000 for his career.

    Watch Out Titans: Penrith five-eighth Travis Burns has been at the heart of most of their successful attacking raids this season and again looms as the man most likely to dismantle the Gold Coast defence. Burns has produced a team-high six try assists and eight line-break assists, as well as making five line-breaks, scoring five tries and adding 30 tackle-breaks.

    Danger Sign: Errors have been the Titans? Achilles heel this season. Their 169 errors so far in 2012 is the most by any side in the Telstra Premiership and an area they will need to address over the back half of the season. A total of eight Titans players have made 10 errors or more this season, with William Zillman?s 13 the most by any player.

    Watch Out Panthers: Penrith must defend their edges strongly because the Titans heavily favour scoring out wide. In 2012, they have scored 23 tries out wide and just six in the middle of the field. Notably, the Panthers have struggled to defend in those very same areas, with 21 tries conceded on their left and 16 on their right.

    Danger Sign: The Panthers have struggled all year to turn field position into points, having crossed just 16 times when attacking inside the opposition 10-metre line. Only Canterbury have scored fewer from close range, although the Bulldogs happen to be the kings of the long distance try with 27 scored from further than 20 metres out. Penrith, meanwhile, have scored just 38 tries all season.

    Nate Myles v Tim Grant: These two workaholic front-rowers renew their Origin rivalry just days after turning out for Queensland (where Myles packed down in the second row) and NSW respectively. Key members of their sides? forward packs, Myles has averaged 112 metres and 25 tackles for the Titans in 2012 while Grant has averaged 146 metres up front for Penrith.

    Where It Will Be Won: In the halves. Creativity has been a problem for both the Titans and Panthers this season, with the Gold Coast scoring just 35 tries (better only than St George Illawarra) and Penrith 38. Whichever side starts to find some rhythm in their attack this Sunday will go a long way towards taking the two competition points.

    The History: Played 5; Panthers 3, Titans 2. Penrith hold a 2-1 advantage at Skilled Park. Other than a 24-22 win to the Gold Coast in their first ever meeting in 2008, these two rarely play a close game ? three of their five matches have been decided by exactly 14 points.

    The Last Time They Met: Penrith scored an emphatic 23-10 victory at this very same venue in Round 13 last year thanks largely to a glut of second-half errors from the home side.

    The Titans actually began the better of the two sides with David Mead leaping highest to score from a Scott Prince bomb after just five minutes and despite falling behind through tries to Michael Jennings and Kevin Kingston in the 14th and 24th minutes, scores were level just moments after the half-time break thanks to some Preston Campbell magic.

    Campbell grubbered in behind the defensive line and then toed the ball ahead again, the diminutive playmaker winning the race to touch down centimetres inside the dead-ball line.
    Unfortunately, the Titans? joy was short lived.

    Fumbling their way to a 50 per cent second-half completion rate, the Gold Coast?s resolve was broken after 54 minutes when Petero Civoniceva burst through to send Adrian Purtell away. Luke Walsh made it a seven-point game when he calmly slotted a 72nd-minute field-goal. And Penrith put the icing on the cake when Luke Walsh chipped over the top and Travis Burns gathered in the scraps to make it 23-10.
    The Titans completed just 26 of 41 sets for the game and missed 40 tackles to 24.

    Winger David Simmons ran for 185 metres and made five tackle-breaks for the visitors while Gold Coast forward Ashley Harrison worked hard in making 47 tackles.

    Match Officials: Referees ? Gerard Sutton & Phil Haines; Sideline Officials ? David Abood & Grant Atkins; Video Referee ? Rod Lawrence.

    The Way We See It: Ivan Cleary?s attempts to instill discipline and stamp his mark on the club have failed to produce results so far. This week it is fullback Lachlan Coote to feel Cleary?s wrath following his disastrous performance in the rain against the Warriors last week. The good news is that star centre Michael Jennings is back ? but will it be enough? The Gold Coast were missing arguably their four most important players in last week?s loss to Cronulla and have been in pretty decent form for more than a month now so we can?t go past them to keep their finals hopes alive this week with a solid win. Titans by eight points.

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    2 Origin matches and 2 Titan players as man of the match
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    Quote Originally Posted by teke View Post
    2 Origin matches and 2 Titan players as man of the match
    & one wanted to beat the Shyte out of the other
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    Zillman's stats certainly highlight the stupidity of putting him in the halves last game ... put the NRL's most error-ridden player in the team's most critical position = genius.

    I realise that leaving Bailey out of that article was probably an oversight but I have a suspicion that the side goes better without him over-calling the ball from the likes of White, Douglas and Myles. Any comments?
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    Saw a suggestion on twitter that Arana Taumata might get a run in first grade. Travis burns may be in doubt with his cheek injury. Apparently carving up for the Windsor Wolves who have been very strong in the NSW Cup, mind you they have had Jennings playing for them as well as mansour until recently.

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    yeah travis burns is likely out, and sjieka is in (did i spell that right?) for him.

    Burns has been a big part of there attitude and aggression when theyve won, im glad hes out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TITAN PETE View Post
    & one wanted to beat the Shyte out of the other
    that was hilarious...Myles was looking at him saying 'Greg...Greg'... like come on mate dont get upset, were still mates arent we...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanic View Post
    Zillman's stats certainly highlight the stupidity of putting him in the halves last game ... put the NRL's most error-ridden player in the team's most critical position = genius.
    Blake Ferguson leads the most errors, he was up to 17 before the Tigers match and has added 6 since then

    Zilly leads the Titans by a bit now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teke View Post
    Blake Ferguson leads the most errors, he was up to 17 before the Tigers match and has added 6 since then

    Zilly leads the Titans by a bit now.
    and for a guy who doesnt try to do anything particularly skillfil or daring, thats quite an achievment.

    usually the guys with errors are your guys having a crack and trying to make things happen, not something we could accuse Zillman of.

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    Titans sweat on Harrison, Idris

    THE Gold Coast Titans could be without star duo Jamal Idris and Ashley Harrison in Sunday's Skilled Park showdown against Penrith with injuries putting the pair in doubt for the crunch clash.

    Idris rolled his ankle at training yesterday and will have scans today to assess the damage. It is not believed to be serious but the centre is in doubt to face the Panthers.

    Workhorse lock Harrison will also see a doctor today to have a badly bruised eye examined. Harrison copped a knock in Queensland's 16-12 Origin loss to NSW on Wednesday night.

    He also has a minor tear in his groin but a cortisone injection last week has helped alleviate the pain and discomfort of that and it is just his eye that could see him sit out the match. Origin stars Nate Myles and Greg Bird are expected to play.

    If Harrison was to be ruled out, Luke O'Dwyer could shift to lock or coach John Cartwright may opt to send prop Luke Douglas to the back row after he starred there last week with 60 tackles.

    Steve Michaels is a likely replacement for Idris while Dominique Peyroux returned from injury for Tweed Heads last weekend.

    The Titans have enough depth in the centres to cover for Idris but the second-row is a cause for concern with Harrison an integral part of the rotation.

    Harrison, who made his 14th Origin appearance, said his groin had responded well to treatment.

    "The groin's OK. It's just going to be an ongoing thing for the rest of the year. I've got a little tear there," he said.

    "It didn't really trouble me to be honest with you. I think the cortisone shot really helped it.

    "As long as that keeps working I should be fine."

    While Harrison's eye is his major concern heading into the weekend, he admitted his groin would need to be carefully managed throughout the season.

    "It'll just be a week to week thing," he said.

    If Harrison and Idris are to miss the Panthers match, it would be a massive blow for the Titans, who are already without prop Luke Bailey (ribs).

    Penrith also have victorious Blues Michael Jennings, Luke Lewis and Tim Grant, who will be brimming with confidence after NSW's gutsy Game Two win.

    The Blues outplayed Queensland for much of the match and came away deserved victors, but Harrison said the Maroons had a lot of improvement in them.

    "I'm a little bit disappointed with our execution. We didn't give ourselves much chance with the footy," he said after Queensland made 12 errors compared with their opponents' six."

    The Titans will have their final training session tomorrow where a final 17 will be selected.

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    F*** sakes. Please not Michaels..please..

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    If you carry 156kg around then something has to give ... Michaels is a certainty.
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