The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

CAP­TAINCY CRI­SIS

Ti­tans coach Henry racks his brain to choose club skip­per

- CHRIS GARRY @tiger_c­mail

THE Ti­tans have al­ready used 32 play­ers this year and their run of in­juries is so bad that coach Neil Henry ad­mits he has not de­cided who will cap­tain the team to­day.

With two games re­main­ing, this is the most play­ers the Ti­tans have used since they were forced to call on 33 play­ers when they won the wooden spoon in 2011.

Reg­u­lar cap­tains Ryan James, Greg Bird and Nate Myles are all un­likely to play to­day. If Myles is out be­cause of a thumb in­jury, it will rob him of a home farewell and will also mean the Ti­tans have to use a fourth cap­tain, who will likely be work­horse prop Luke Dou­glas.

It has been a poor sea­son for the Ti­tans but they have been on the re­ceiv­ing end of aw­ful in­jury luck.

The Bron­cos have used just 28 play­ers this year, the Rab­bitohs have only used 26 and the Roost­ers 24.

“Not sure yet. Haven’t got to that stage yet,” Henry said when asked who his cap­tain would be.

“We would re­ally like Nate to play. He has a great workrate. He has a thumb guard on but he’s hop­ing to play.

“This is our last home game and we have had a cou­ple of wins here lately.

“Manly get­ting beaten opens it up for the Dragons more and hope­fully they have re­laxed a lit­tle bit.

“They are in the fi­nals now re­ally. They can re­move any doubt and con­sol­i­date a spot in­side the eight (by win­ning).

“They are good de­fen­sive team.

“They con­trol pos­ses­sion. We need to get up into the 80s of pos­ses­sion per­cent­age.

“They have won three of their last four and are build­ing to hav­ing a crack at the fi­nals.

“The halves com­bine well to­gether, change point of at­tack. Gareth Wid­dop has a good short kick­ing game and is elu­sive when he wants to run. He’s a tal­ented player. They are a well bal­anced team.”

To­day’s clash with the Dragons, who are al­most guar­an­teed a fi­nals place fol­low­ing Manly’s loss to the Roost­ers, will be a home farewell for sev­eral Ti­tans, in­clud­ing Dave Tay­lor.

How­ever, it is the club’s fu­ture, Kane El­gey, that needs to fire for them to have any chance of win­ning.

El­gey was sen­sa­tional in the Ti­tans’ up­set win over Can­berra last week and Henry said he did that while in­jured.

“We saw what Kane could do last week. He has skill,” Henry said.

“He was un­der duress last week with his hip but has fresh­ened up this week.”

 ??  ?? TIME TO REM­I­NISCE: The Gold Coast Ti­tans are hav­ing an Old Boys get-to­gether for their fi­nal home game against St Ge­orge Illawarra. Peter Gill, An­thony Laf­franchi, Scott Sattler, Ryan Simp­kins and Robert Simp­kins will be at Cbus Su­per Sta­dium to­day....
TIME TO REM­I­NISCE: The Gold Coast Ti­tans are hav­ing an Old Boys get-to­gether for their fi­nal home game against St Ge­orge Illawarra. Peter Gill, An­thony Laf­franchi, Scott Sattler, Ryan Simp­kins and Robert Simp­kins will be at Cbus Su­per Sta­dium to­day....
 ??  ?? FAVOURITE: Luke Dou­glas may lead the Ti­tans out.
FAVOURITE: Luke Dou­glas may lead the Ti­tans out.

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