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    bugger this is the game where we need tyrones long kicking game, what are cullens strengths / weaknesses ?

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    Nice to see that many in sports journalism are about as clueless as many in political journalism.

    That is why I am so supportive of young aspiring sports journos who love and understand the game.
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    Titans prepare to throw rookies into deep end

    The Titans are weighing up whether they can trust the most inexperienced halves pairing in the club's history to engineer a win against competition favourites Brisbane at Cbus Super Stadium on Friday night.

    Coach Neil Henry confirmed on Thursday morning that five-eighth Tyrone Roberts would miss the game due to bone bruising in his knee and is now toying with the idea of handing Cameron Cullen his NRL debut against the club where he played under-20s.

    A Gold Coast junior, Cullen was only brought into the Titans' full-time squad in the wake of the season-ending knee injury to Kane Elgey in January but impressed in a trial game against Souths and has since performed strongly for Burleigh in the Intrust Super Cup.

    The 22-year-old would partner 21-year-old Ashley Taylor in the halves with a combined five games of NRL experience between them but Henry believes he showed enough in the trial game against South Sydney to indicate he could handle the occasion.

    The last time the Titans fielded a halves combination with less than 10 games of first grade experience was in Round 9, 2012 when Aidan Sezer and Jordan Rankin paired up against the Wests Tigers, but Henry has confidence in Cullen's composure.

    "I thought that in the trial against Souths, they were nearly full strength and he handled that. He went through for a try and set up another try so he's done enough full-time training for that not to worry him," Henry said.

    "He's been around in a few systems and he's still only young. He did a pre-season with the Broncos and then up there with the Cowboys but is a local boy from Cabarita. It is a good story for a bit of perseverance but he's only a young player and he's developing his game as well.

    "He's been solid in Queensland Cup, Burleigh are travelling along OK. He was good against the Mackay Cutters and in his last game at the top level was that Souths trial and he was very handy there as well.

    "Whether or not we think this game will be his debut game or not we'll make that decision later."

    If the Titans decide not to risk Cullen against the Broncos it is likely that Greg Bird will shift to five-eighth and Eddy Pettybourne would come back into a reshuffled forward pack.

    The final make-up of the Titans' 17 is unlikely to be known until an hour before the 7.05pm kick-off in Queensland with Ryan James to take his place in the team following his successful trip to the judiciary on Wednesday night, Nathan Friend to return at hooker and William Zillman a slim chance to play his first game of the season.

    Rather than being concerned by the unsettled nature of their preparation, captain Nathan Friend says it is a good opportunity to display the depth they have in key positions.

    "That's what you do off-seasons for, you always slot players in and out and you do that during the week," said Friend, who returns from a week off due to repeated head knocks.

    "We always have rotations whether it's two or three in certain positions and that kind of depth is what breeds success and we've still got that at present.

    "Obviously we've lost Kane Elgey but apart from that most positions can be filled quite easily.

    "It's a really good opportunity for ourselves to see where we're at. We are only early on in the piece so it's a great yardstick for us.

    "Last weekend's game between [Brisbane] and North Queensland was a high quality game and we know that if we want to be competitive we need to match it this weekend with the Broncs."

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    Wayne Bennett slams Gold Coast Titans over James Roberts saga ahead of local derby
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    BRONCOS coach Wayne Bennett has launched a savage attack on the Titans’ administration as a war of words broke out over James Roberts ahead of tomorrow night’s derby clash on the Gold Coast.

    The Broncos enjoyed a triple treat on Thursday with injured trio Jordan Kahu (shoulder), Jack Reed (eye) and Corey Oates (shoulder) all cleared to start against the Titans at Cbus Super Stadium.

    But the joy at their return was overshadowed by Bennett’s backhander at the Titans over the treatment of Roberts, who sensationally quit the club over summer following the contract-forgery farce.

    James Roberts at Broncos training on Thursday ahead of the clash with his former club.
    Titans coach Neil Henry fired a barb at Roberts on Wednesday, questioning if he was really in peak form, but Bennett returned serve today to set up a spicy Queensland grudge match.

    Bennett suggested Henry was riddled with jealousy for Brisbane snaring Roberts and he then unloaded on Gold Coast hierarchy for the forged signature that led to the resignation of football manager Scott Clark.

    “At the end of the day, it was the Titans’ administration, it wasn’t James’ fault what happened,” Bennett fired.

    “It hurts a bit, you bring a guy through and you do a lot of things with them and you know how hard you work with them to get them where they are. You have difficult moments with them so I can probably understand Neil’s position a little bit.

    “(But) no-one should look at James.

    “If you had the situation he had, we would all walk away from our contract.

    “He didn’t walk away but you take the opportunity because it was pretty deceitful what happened and he was affected by that.

    “I can understand Neil’s position with that, envy and jealousy comes into it because you are envious James isn’t there anymore and you are jealous of what he can bring and you want it in your team.”

    Roberts trained strongly this morning and is primed to unleash his best against his former club after his breakthrough performance for the Broncos against the Cowboys last week.

    “I’m pleased to see James was excited at training,” Bennett said. “We play a team game here, we don’t play an individual game. If James does his job, we’ll be happy with him.”

    Oates and Reed looked fully fit on Brisbane’s left flank, while Kahu wore a Brent Tate-style neck brace to prove his fitness on the right wing for the Titans clash.

    Bennett later revealed Kahu was so happy with his session he would not required the neck brace tomorrow night.

    “He won’t be wearing it in the game. He finished the training session without it so he won’t be needing it in the game,” Bennett said.

    Bennett has slammed the Titans handling of the James Roberts saga.
    “We don’t play players here injured it’s as simple as that. Everybody that goes out there is fit to play and has been tested, done everything they are supposed to do. Injured players don’t play with confidence and have the belief they should have. If you are in playoffs and grand finals, sometimes you take a different approach but not with 24 weeks to go in the season. All the guys are fit and are ready to go.”

    Bennett is wary of a Titans side that has surged into the top four after three wins in the opening month headlined by last week’s gutsy 24-20 defeat of the Raiders in Canberra.

    James Roberts in action for the Gold Coast Titans in 2015.
    “You don’t win three games out of four and not do some things well,” he said. “They have the highest ball control in the competition, they are ranked No. 1 so they are controlling the ball pretty well and giving themselves a chance to win games.

    “They are playing with a fair bit of spirit. We expect a pretty similar game to the Cowboys last week.”
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    Seems like a lot of Donkey fans will be heading down for the derby, can't wait for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kioli View Post
    Seems like a lot of Donkey fans will be heading down for the derby, can't wait for it!
    Seems like a few might be heading down. There are a few hundred seats to sell at the northern end and I assume the south end will then be put on sale. All other areas are down to single seats. I haven't seen bays 1-7 go on sale at any stage and I didn't think members had taken up all of the available seats in those areas but I gather they must be sold as the rest of the western side is down to singles and nothing else has been put on sale.

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    What exactly did Bennett say about Henry? All I saw was the stuff about Roberts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotitans101_ View Post
    What exactly did Bennett say about Henry? All I saw was the stuff about Roberts.
    Called him envious and jealous? What a prima donna.
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    Wayne Bennett slams Gold Coast Titans over James Roberts saga ahead of local derby

    BRONCOS coach Wayne Bennett has launched a savage attack on the Titans’ administration as a war of words broke out over James Roberts ahead of tomorrow night’s derby clash on the Gold Coast.

    The Broncos enjoyed a triple treat on Thursday with injured trio Jordan Kahu (shoulder), Jack Reed (eye) and Corey Oates (shoulder) all cleared to start against the Titans at Cbus Super Stadium.

    But the joy at their return was overshadowed by Bennett’s backhander at the Titans over the treatment of Roberts, who sensationally quit the club over summer following the contract-forgery farce.

    Titans coach Neil Henry fired a barb at Roberts on Wednesday, questioning if he was really in peak form, but Bennett returned serve today to set up a spicy Queensland grudge match.

    Bennett suggested Henry was riddled with jealousy for Brisbane snaring Roberts and he then unloaded on Gold Coast hierarchy for the forged signature that led to the resignation of football manager Scott Clark.

    “At the end of the day, it was the Titans’ administration, it wasn’t James’ fault what happened,” Bennett fired.

    “It hurts a bit, you bring a guy through and you do a lot of things with them and you know how hard you work with them to get them where they are. You have difficult moments with them so I can probably understand Neil’s position a little bit.

    “(But) no-one should look at James.

    “If you had the situation he had, we would all walk away from our contract.

    “He didn’t walk away but you take the opportunity because it was pretty deceitful what happened and he was affected by that.

    “I can understand Neil’s position with that, envy and jealousy comes into it because you are envious James isn’t there anymore and you are jealous of what he can bring and you want it in your team.”

    Roberts trained strongly this morning and is primed to unleash his best against his former club after his breakthrough performance for the Broncos against the Cowboys last week.

    “I’m pleased to see James was excited at training,” Bennett said. “We play a team game here, we don’t play an individual game. If James does his job, we’ll be happy with him.”

    Oates and Reed looked fully fit on Brisbane’s left flank, while Kahu wore a Brent Tate-style neck brace to prove his fitness on the right wing for the Titans clash.

    Bennett later revealed Kahu was so happy with his session he would not required the neck brace tomorrow night.

    “He won’t be wearing it in the game. He finished the training session without it so he won’t be needing it in the game,” Bennett said.

    “We don’t play players here injured it’s as simple as that. Everybody that goes out there is fit to play and has been tested, done everything they are supposed to do. Injured players don’t play with confidence and have the belief they should have. If you are in playoffs and grand finals, sometimes you take a different approach but not with 24 weeks to go in the season. All the guys are fit and are ready to go.”

    Bennett is wary of a Titans side that has surged into the top four after three wins in the opening month headlined by last week’s gutsy 24-20 defeat of the Raiders in Canberra.

    “You don’t win three games out of four and not do some things well,” he said. “They have the highest ball control in the competition, they are ranked No. 1 so they are controlling the ball pretty well and giving themselves a chance to win games.

    “They are playing with a fair bit of spirit. We expect a pretty similar game to the Cowboys last week.”


    What a wanker Bennett is.

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    yeah I just read the entire thing, wow, Benny just keeps on giving doesn't he.

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    This also just in. God I hope they smash the little pr..k tomorrow night. He was always going to leave, just trying to deflect from what a traitor he is.

    The $15,000 reason James Roberts left Titans and joined Broncos

    JAMES Roberts did not leave the Gold Coast because his signature had been forged. He left because the Titans would not help to pay for their mistake.

    As Wayne Bennett unloaded on the Titans’ bungle this week, The Courier-Mail can reveal the $15,000 reason James Roberts really left the Titans.

    It was reported that Roberts left solely because of the illegal contract. But Roberts thought he owed the Titans for resurrecting his career two years earlier, so he told them he would stay.

    But it is understood the Titans would not agree to a fee, believed to be around $15,000, to cover the legal costs required for Roberts’ management to sort out the contract bungle.

    Had the Titans paid those costs, Roberts would be playing in a blue strip at Cbus Super Stadium on Friday night.

    Titans coach Neil Henry this week questioned whether Roberts was really in peak form and Bennett returned serve by suggesting Henry was jealous of Brisbane snaring Roberts, unloading on the contract bungle that led to football manager Scott Clark resigning.

    “At the end of the day, it was the Titans’ administration, it wasn’t James’ fault what happened,” Bennett said.

    “If you had the situation he had, we would all walk away from our contract.

    “He didn’t walk away but you take the opportunity because it was pretty deceitful what happened.

    “I can understand Neil’s position with that, envy and jealousy comes into it because you are envious James isn’t there.’’

    Roberts still has great friends at the Titans and holds no grudges over the affair.

    His manager Jeremy Donovan confirmed the legal fees were the major reason Roberts left the Titans.

    Titans chief Graham Annesley declined to comment on Roberts’ contract, or Bennett’s harsh words, but said he still had a good relationship with the centre.

    “I’ve always had a good relationship with James and still do. We both shook hands at the end of it all and moved on,” Annesley said.

    Donovan praised how Annesley handled the situation but said the club just refused to budge on picking up the tab for sorting the mess out.

    “It was confusing at the time because we didn’t forge the signature, but we had to sort it out,” Donovan told The Courier-Mail.

    “It was a serious legal matter. James wanted to stay even after the signature issue. He was very settled and he is still living on the Gold Coast.

    “James just wants to move on because he has no hard feelings for the club and still has great friendships there.

    “Graham Annesley was great and I have immense respect for him and the Titans are playing great footy now.

    “The Titans really helped James when he needed it and he’ll never forget that but he repaid them on the field.

    “You can’t keep telling someone they are broken, though.”

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    What is that last line referring to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brock O'Brien View Post
    What is that last line referring to?
    That is a strange line to end a article with
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    I assume it refers to either Henry's comments that Roberts is playing injured or his previous comments about Roberts still being a work in progress ... whatever it may be, I find it hard to comprehend that the club didn't have 15k to seal the deal. If that is the case then it seems like taking "not paying overs" a little too far considering it was the club's bungle.

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    "broken" refers to the article on the back page of Friday's Bulletin ... lol
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