Wet weather didn’t stand in the way of the Gold Coast Titans preparations for Friday night’s NRL preliminary final.
They’re confident of ending the Sydney Roosters magic run to the final series.
Dani Luck reports.
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They’re Queensland’s last finals hope returning after a week off having beaten the Warriors in the first round of finals.
Luke Bailey, Titans Frontrower: “I think its been a world of good, everyone’s feeling fresh and ready to go.”
Preston Campbell is back from a hamstring injury and while Mat Rogers didn’t train today he expects to be back on the field by mid week having overcome a hip injury.
They’re up against an unscathed Sydney Roosters whose stunning season turn-around continued on the weekend.
Outclassing an injury stricken Penrith 34 points to 12 to book a match against a well rested Titans.
Mat Rogers, Titans: “We’ve got one game before the biggest game of the year – It’s all or nothing now.”
The game will feature a much anticipated clash between Roosters in-form star halves Todd Carney and Mitchell Pearce against veteran duo Scott Prince and Mat Rogers.
Mat Rogers, Titans: “Pearce and Carney have been the lynch pin and I guess it’s up to them to step up.”
The Roosters are looking to be the first team to win a premiership after finishing wooden spooners 12 months earlier but the Titans will have a Queensland crowd backing them at Suncorp Stadium and are current favourites.
Mat Rogers, Titans: “I just want to play well and write our own story.”
Luke Bailey, Titans Frontrower: “I’ve never been more confident going into a game.”
And in Sydney after defeating the Raiders 26 to 24 in a cliff-hanger the Tigers will take on the Dragons at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
Dani Luck, QUT News.