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    I think this is a game we can definitely win. Penriff obviously have a few wins, but literally all of their games so far have been against the out of form teams. Not to mention they lost to the Dogs a couple of weeks back. Especially with the loss of Waqa Blake, I’m thinking we should do pretty well.

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    Waqa Blake adds to Panthers' injury woes

    Penrith centre Waqa Blake faces a significant stretch on the sidelines after being diagnosed with a high-grade syndesmosis injury in his right ankle, suffered late in his team's 12-6 win over Parramatta on Sunday.

    Penrith are hopeful Blake will only be sidelined for four weeks, but the 23-year-old will visit a specialist this week to determine whether he requires surgery, which would rule him out for considerably longer.

    Blake's ankle twisted awkwardly when tackled by Daniel Alvaro and Kaysa Pritchard. He initially stayed on the field but was eventually removed with less than 12 minutes on the clock.

    It leaves coach Anthony Griffin with a significant shortage of outside backs ahead of Sunday's clash against the in-form Gold Coast Titans.

    Dallin Watene-Zelezniak remains sidelined with a broken jaw, while off-season recruit Tyrone Phillips remains about a month off returning from a torn pectoral.

    Griffin will name his team on Tuesday afternoon, with one option to move Tyrone Peachey to the centres and hand youngster Jarome Luai an NRL debut alongside James Maloney in the halves.

    Peachey's versatility has been crucial this season in covering the loss of halfback Nathan Cleary, who is still a minimum of six weeks off returning from a knee injury.

    "Unluckily Nath went down with a knee injury and they needed someone to fill in there, so I was up," Peachey said.

    "I find I'm enjoying it there, Jim [Maloney] helps out a lot and makes it a lot easier for me. I just listen to him, and he directs everything and I get to play whatever footy I see."

    Penrith have won both games without Cleary, and the only match they lost this season was against Canterbury when their superstar half didn't return to the field after the main break.

    It has put them in third spot on the ladder behind the unbeaten Dragons and Warriors, although Griffin's injury crisis is threatening to hit breaking point.

    Maloney has been superb in Cleary's absence, spearheading a strong win against the North Queensland in Townsville before laying on a try and producing several key defensive plays to help down the Eels.

    "He's awesome, he's helped the club out a lot, he just brings that how-to-win attitude and that's what we needed," Peachey said.

    "We've got a lot of young players here and Jimmy's helped out a lot.

    "He's a massive leader, he knows how to win, he came from [premiership-winning clubs] Cronulla and the Roosters, so he's seen the winning culture."

    Peachey said Cleary's injury had galvanised the playing squad.

    "He was the heart and soul of the team . . . so to see him go down was awful," Peachey said.

    "We've got a pretty versatile bunch. When Nath went down we knew it was going to be a harder job and it did bring everyone together.

    "That first game he went down we lost against the Doggies. We didn't know what was going to happen, and when Hook [Griffin] told me I was playing five-eighth I just knew all I can do is play my football and see what happens at the end of it.

    ''It's been good the last few weeks, we've been lucky to get a win, hopefully we can keep the momentum going and move onto the Titans next week."

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    Bryce Cartwright’s return to form for Titans timely ahead of Panthers NRL showdown

    CRITICISED, challenged and relegated to the role of spectator on the bench.

    It was a disastrous start to life as a Titan for Bryce Cartwright but his return to form against the Sea Eagles on Sunday could not have come at a better time.

    A Titans team now boasting a strong influence of former Panthers — not the least of which is their coach — will travel to Penrith on Sunday eager to consolidate their place in the top eight.

    Given the Titans have been on the road for a month now their record of three wins from their opening five games is exciting their supporters and giving rookie coach Garth Brennan a strong platform from which to build.

    The final piece of that platform was Cartwright, who joined the Titans from the Panthers just weeks before the start of the season and was thrust immediately into the starting lock forward position.

    It proved an uneasy fit and after three weeks Cartwright was dropped back to the bench, playing just a solitary minute in Gold Coast’s 26-14 win over the Broncos.

    The 23-year-old’s contribution against Manly was far more significant, a trademark flick pass setting up the first of Jai Arrow’s two tries just 60 seconds after coming onto the field.

    But after the likes of Alex McKinnon and Gorden Tallis questioned whether Cartwright played in a tough enough manner to succeed in the NRL, it was his effort areas that garnered the greatest praise on Sunday.

    Half of the Panthers’ 1991 premiership-winning second row along with Cartwright’s uncle John, Penrith legend Mark Geyer believes it was the type of performance that will propel him back to the standard that had him touted as a player destined for Origin.

    “Yesterday a line in the sand was drawn,” Geyer told Triple M’s The Grill Team.

    “He came out and said, ‘I want to be a first grade footballer.

    “I’ve felt for him over the last month. He’s copped it and probably rightly so.

    “I think he’d be the first to admit that his form has been way down but the only way you can answer your critics or people denying whether you should be a first grader or not is on the field, and he did.”

    After difficult questions were asked by prominent people who have played NRL, Matty Johns added his belief that it was a tougher Bryce Cartwright who played 55 minutes against the Sea Eagles.

    His nine runs yielded 83 metres and despite having to defend in the centres opposite Dylan Walker for the final 25 minutes of the game, missed just one tackle for the game.

    “The people that criticised Bryce Cartwright, it was Gorden Tallis — Gorden is a fan of the Titans — and Alex McKinnon,” Johns added on Triple M.

    “Alex said straight after a game that Bryce had to muscle up and play a little tougher.

    “Cartwright played tough. He didn’t try to do too much with the ball and came up with a real good try-saver as well.”

    Brennan first coached Cartwright when he was just 18 years of age and he elevated him into Penrith’s under-20s squad.

    Bryce Cartwright’s relationship with Garth Brennan stretches back some five years.

    The Titans coach has an unfailing belief in Cartwright’s ability and was thrilled to see an improvement in the little areas of his game.

    “Bryce just did his job, carried the ball and got down and played the ball a few times,” Brennan said.

    “He wasn’t looking for the offload all the time ... but set up a try with a nice little offload which he is more than capable of doing.

    “I thought he defended really well with that one-on-one tackle on (Daly) Cherry-Evans in the first half and then with that miss (on Brian Kelly) where he ran back hard and saved the day for the team.

    “He is a work in progress but I am really happy and I think he took a real step forward today.”

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    James Accepts Early Guilty Plea
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    Captain Ryan James has today accepted the early guilty plea on the charge handed down by the NRL Match Review Committee yesterday.

    James was charged with a Grade 1 'Dangerous Contact - Head/Neck' that comes with 105 points. With a prior non-similar offence, James receives 20% loading so will have 90-points remaining, if charged again.

    The skipper will miss the Panthers fixture and be available to face the Cowboys, in Townsville.

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    And our captain this week will be ... ?
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    Gordon……..

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    Proctor???

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    Titans: 1 Michael Gordon, 2 Anthony Don, 3 Dale Copley, 4 Konrad Hurrell, 5 Phillip Sami, 6 Kane Elgey, 7 Ashley Taylor, 8 Jarrod Wallace, 9 Nathan Peats, 10 Max King, 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 Will Matthews, 13 Jai Arrow

    Interchange: 14 Mitch Rein, 15 Morgan Boyle, 16 Bryce Cartwright, 17 Jack Stockwell

    Reserves: 18 Leilani Latu, 19 Keegan Hipgrave, 20 Ryan Simpkins, 21 Tyronne Roberts-Davis

    Max King moves to prop for Ryan James (suspension) with Will Matthews returning in the back row. Jack Stockwell replaces Keegan Hipgrave on the bench.

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    Stockwell in front of Hipgrave? We must be getting desperate if Simpkins is making the extended bench.

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    Stockwell? Really?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotitans101_ View Post
    Stockwell? Really?
    Hopefully better than Latu coming back in.

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    Looking forward to my first look at Stockwell. Our Coach is a great judge and if he has him ahead of Hipgrave and Latu then that’s something to be excited about.

    And Ryan Simpkins to me is a great depth man. Workhorse, versatile and inspiring. He’s no frills but we never lose because of him.

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    I think we are replacing a prop, which Hipgrave isn't.

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    I also think this might not necessarily be garths pecking order but wanting to get some gametime under jack Stockwell whilst is is early in the season.

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    Does anyone have any intel on how Stockwell has performed in the QCup?


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