The Gold Coast Titans have named a full strength line up for their anticipated home finals clash with in-form New Zealand Warriors on Friday night.
All seven of the club’s injured stars took some part in training today and will be given until Thursday to prove their fitness.
Alex Fynes-Clinton reports.
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The Titans were all smiles at training today showing no signs of worry ahead of their weekend clash.
Senior campaigners Scott Prince, Luke Bailey, Mat Rogers and Preston Campbell all trained despite their fitness concerns.
Injured stars Steve Michaels, Ashley Harrison and Brad Meyers all trained strongly.
The club is one of only three NRL sides who played finals football last season to have made the cut this year.
It’s a fact that hasn’t escaped coach John Cartwright who says his side has proved their premiership credentials.
John Cartwright, Titans coach: “I think to make the top four two years in a row is an enormous achievement and speaks volumes for how hard they work.”
The Titans boss says his side will make no tactical changes to combat the physical Warriors, despite their injury concerns.
John Cartwright, Titans coach: “If they’re going to play, they’ll be well enough to play. We’re not going to go out there with anyone who can’t get through the eighty minutes.”
Rugby League great Brad Fittler feels the game will go down to the wire.
Brad Fittler, League legend: “I think this week will be a great game. I think it’ll go down to the wire. It’s just the way they play. They play for each other.”
Despite the Gold Coast Titans being the only Queensland side left in the competition, coach John Cartwright says that his side are feeling no added pressure.
John Cartwright, Titans coach: “We’re representing the Gold Coast, not Queensland. We’re out there for the Gold Coast Titans, for our fans and for each other. It’s something we’ll read about in the paper, but it’s not something ever mentioned.”
Alex Fynes-Clinton, QUT News.