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    Titans v Sea Eagles: Proctor to start; Fainu in for Koroisau
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    In a season of few highlights, the Titans' emphatic win over Manly at Lottoland in round 11 was certainly a night to remember.

    The Titans have only scored 43 tries all season and seven of those came that night as their attack clicked into gear and Dale Copley reaped the rewards with a hat-trick.

    Unfortunately for Gold Coast they turned around a week later and crossed the stripe only once in a demoralising 6-4 home loss to the Cowboys.

    And that's their season in a nutshell - dangerous one week, dire the next.

    Hard to know which Titans outfit will turn up on Saturday but at least they come with the knowledge they have what it takes to beat the Sea Eagles.

    Titans: Kevin Proctor has been cleared to return and rushed into the starting lineup for Will Matthews, who has dropped to the bench. Tyrone Peachey has been ruled out, while Jai Arrow remains sidelined with an ankle injury. Prop Moeaki Fotuaika was forced to withdraw from Tonga's extended squad for their Test against New Zealand with a wrist injury but has been named. Leilani Latu was cut from the reserves on Friday.

    Sea Eagles: No disruptions or concerns in regards to the 17-man team Des Hasler named on Tuesday. Manase Fainu replaces injured hooker Api Koroisau (ankle), while Brendan Elliot and Corey Waddell are the new faces on the bench. Lachlan Croker and Lloyd Perrett were trimmed from the reserves 24 hours prior to kick-off.

    Key match-up
    With Ash Taylor not expected to be rushed back, the job of trying to drag the Titans out of the cellar falls to Ryley Jacks. At 27, he is just three years younger than Manly No.7 Daly Cherry-Evans, but is 175 games younger in terms of NRL experience. DCE has enjoyed an Origin renaissance and has Manly playing some attractive footy while Jacks has looked composed in his four games in 2019.

    For the Titans to win
    With Jai Arrow sidelined the Titans desperately need a couple of other big men to put their hands up and match motors with Martin Taupau, Addin Fonua-Blake and Jake Trbojevic. If Moeaki Fotuaiki returns from a wrist injury that will be a big boost and Maroons rep Jarrod Wallace is another who can churn out plenty of metres. Wallace has averaged 153.3 metres per game in 2019 and he'll need every one of those if the 15th placed Titans are to upset a confident Manly side which sits nine spots above them on the ladder.

    For the Sea Eagles to win
    Get the ball to Tom and Jake and let them do their stuff. The Trbojevic boys were simply stunning for the Blues in Origin II and can be relied upon to deliver another high quality performance before they get a bye in round 16 and then set their sights on the series decider. It's a rare feat for brothers to play in the same Origin side - think Brett and Josh Morris and Brett and Glenn Stewart - but even rarer that they would emerge as two of the standout stars and battle it out for man of the match honours.

    Brett Kimmorley says
    Des is doing wonderful things at Manly. They’ll get rep players back. The Trobojevic brothers were wonderful in Origin II. The Titans are unsure where they’re at. They haven’t shown me enough to convince me they’ll challenge one of the red-hot teams. Sea Eagles by 10

    Stat Attack
    The Titans will have to be focused on making ball-and-all tackles all afternoon of risk paying the price against the NRL's most prolific off-loaders. The Sea Eagles have 168 offloads, four more than second-placed Parramatta. On the downside, Manly's 245 ineffective tackles is the highest in the league, while their 104 penalties is equal-second most with Canberra.

    And another thing ...
    The Titans have become something of a bogey side for the Sea Eagles, winning their past three meetings, including a 36-18 triumph in round 11 on Manly's home turf. The Sea Eagles can't afford a second loss to a team that looks like finishing well down the ladder. Des Hasler will be preaching defence after Manly conceded an average of 36.7 points in those three previous losses to the Titans.

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    Random act of kindness behind Roberts' NRL milestone
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    Steve Cage can't explain why he did it. He'd certainly never done anything like it before, nor since.

    Call it a compulsion of compassion.

    As he watched his son trial for the Newcastle under 14 team, his attention turned to a young Aboriginal boy sitting by himself under a tree at the far end of the ground.

    Steve had noticed the boy's talent but on this day he had missed out on selection.

    He walked up to the disconsolate kid who was all on his own and offered some words of encouragement. Told him he to keep his head up, that he was one of the best players on the field. That the selectors had got it wrong.

    It was the infancy of a bond that has lasted 15 years and a pivotal moment in Tyrone Roberts' path to playing in the NRL.

    On Saturday Roberts will become just the 720th player in premiership history to play 150 games, a milestone achieved by just 7.5% of the 9,535 players to run out in first grade since 1908.

    But the reality is that without Cage's random act of kindness, life may have turned out very differently.

    "If I hadn't walked over to that tree he would have gone back to Ballina," Steve tells NRL.com.

    "I just put my arm around him and told him that he was one of the best players out there and he opened up to me straight away.

    "I don't know why I did it. I'd noticed his football. I thought he was a very talented footballer and I just gave him a bit of encouragement and told him to stick at it.

    "He was a kid that had made so many sacrifices and was missing his family.

    "What made him so successful were all the sacrifices he made. When the other boys were going out partying and drinking and discovering girls, Tyrone stayed solid and made sacrifices.

    "This is the result of those sacrifices made by a young Aboriginal boy.

    "He's like an extra son to me. I'm so proud not only of what he has achieved but the man he has become."

    When he completed his schooling at Hunter Sports High and left the Kiriniari Aboriginal Hostel after five years, Roberts moved in with Steve and his wife Tracey Backhus and their four boys, Daniel the first of three teammates from the Knights' 2009 SG Ball team to take him in.

    The Finn and Redman families followed, he and Chad Redman developing a bond that saw Chad serve as best man at Roberts' wedding and in turn Roberts become the godfather to Chad's daughter, Harlow.

    Even if Roberts did show him up in the three years that they lived together.

    "He always made his bed, cleaned the dishes, that's what he's been like since day dot. He'd make me look bad when I was living at home," Redman says, describing Roberts as the most skilful player he ever played with.

    "My family instantly connected with him and my mum ended up asking him to move in. He's been part of the family ever since.

    "Those little things at home, looking back now you realise he always had the right attitude.

    "I knew personally that given the opportunity that he would play 150-200 first grade games just from his work ethic.

    "If you knew Tyrone 10 years ago, what he's built and what he and his partner have built, he's a credit to himself and his family. It's unbelievable where he is now and the type of person he is.

    "From being a kid from Ballina, he's come full circle. Earning minimum wage down in Newcastle and not having a whole lot and he's slowly built this life with Brittney and his two girls.

    "You're just proud of him and proud of the person he is. I still look up to him even to this day."

    In their three-bedroom house in Gateshead with four boys already pushing the walls to their limits, Steve and Tracey gave Roberts a lounge, a pillow and a roof over his head.

    Like the comforting word under the tree, it was a gesture that enabled Roberts to resist the lure of home for long enough to make his own way.

    It's why 150 games in the NRL represents so much more than an individual milestone.

    "I had a lounge and a pillow, it didn't matter. I was used to it. Just letting me stay there under their roof in their house was humbling, that they would take me in," Roberts tells NRL.com.

    "Daniel's dad, ‘Cagey', he and Tracey watched me grow up with their son and play rep teams. He knew I had talent and didn't want to see me go back home.

    "That was humbling because I could have easily went back to Ballina and wouldn't have gone anywhere with footy.

    "I was just going into first grade and that was a tough stage because I wasn't on much money or anything like that.

    "It just brings it all into perspective, where you've come from and how you got there."

    They are the families that helped him to reach 150 and now Roberts gets to share a special day with a family of his own.

    In addition to the Roberts clan who will drive up from Ballina to mark the occasion, the 28-year-old will have his three girls by his side, wife Brittany and their two daughters, Leilani and Chilli.

    Lelani and Chilli will run out with their dad as Roberts leads the Titans onto Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday afternoon and will be waiting for him at the end of 80 minutes, either to share the joy of victory or ease the pain of defeat.

    "They keep me happy," says Roberts simply.

    "When you're not winning games and it's hard, the eldest one just comes up and cuddles me and says, 'It's OK.' It just brings you back down to earth and you realise what you've got and how blessed you are.

    "I want to give my kids a good life and my wife as well. They are my heart and soul and have been to the other side of the world for me.

    "I'm blessed to have them to come home to every day.

    "All of the people that helped me out, they didn't have to do it so I try and find ways that I can repay them.

    "My parents, Amy and John, they are the ones that taught me respect, courage and discipline and my sisters Charmaine, Hannah, Christina and my brother Nikko, they've been there for me through the good and the bad times.

    "To play one NRL game is a milestone and I've played 150. It's just a great day to represent not only my people back home but my family and the journey I've been on with my kids and my wife.

    "I hope they're all proud that we've been able to come this far."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIEHARD View Post
    Thanks for starting the thread JB. If anyone has been following the fun in Hong Kong, one million person march, two million person march, I've been a bit caught up in all this. Extremely seriously threats to Hong Kong's freedom. But still managed to watch the Maroons gets whalloped, very painful.

    Looking forward to watching the Titans play, but very worried about taking on Manly. I'm a bit out of the loop, when does Kallum Watkins show up? While we haven't had much luck importing English talent, I am glad we are giving it another crack.
    No problems. I think Watkins is here next week, when we have the bye. Fingers crossed we get the two points.

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    Copley a late withdrawal. Sami in. What have we got to do for Don to go down on warm up? Seems like he is destined to be in that jersey forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZFan View Post
    Copley a late withdrawal. Sami in. What have we got to do for Don to go down on warm up? Seems like he is destined to be in that jersey forever
    Copley is tissue paper
    What’s wrong with him now?

    I know the answer now
    Did his calf at training
    Unfortunately once you have those issues they tend to keep recurring
    I’d be either not renewing his contract or wanting fairly minimal salary if a new one was offered
    I realise that’s harsh but it’s a brutal reality
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    Has Taylor been named in q cup at all?

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    How good is mofo?

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    This tripe is why the Mrs wants us to not renew the memberships

    Thanks Garth

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    I had considered making the 4hr drive for this game. So glad I chose to stay home.
    Lose = Not win.
    Loose = Not tight.

    It's not that hard!

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    Boys playing men, my blood is boiling they are an absolute joke (except mo and Kelly) no direction a clueless team that look like they don’t even train together
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    I cant go past halftime it’s just too painful
    Four reasons to escape to Queensland: Sun, Surf, Sand & the Titans.

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    This is not NRL standard. Just amateurs playing out there and amateurs running the club

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    This is why i don't attend games at the moment despite my $1000 membership.

    If i can get my guts ripped out at home, why add a rainy walk and overpriced kebab to the problems

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    F**K this. I'm going home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBouveng View Post
    This is why i don't attend games at the moment despite my $1000 membership.

    If i can get my guts ripped out at home, why add a rainy walk and overpriced kebab to the problems
    Yes there are a lot of regulars not here anymore
    I’m sure Garth though is proud of his team

    #sackBrennan

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    Roberts having another game highlighting just how much of a rocks and diamond player he is.

    Forwards getting absolutely rolled, led by Peats who more of a hindrance than a help.

    Mo and Kelly again proving that they are the only players in the team up to NRL standard. What a pathetic team we support.


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