The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
Titans coach Henry racks his brain to choose club skipper
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.”