Lismore trials top Titan team

This year is the Gold Coast Titans first in the National Rugby League competition. The Titans are the second franchise that has attempted to establish a Gold Coast team in the toughest league competition in the world and there are plenty who think theyll fail. However, this attempt has been thoroughly thought out and precisely enacted. They have spared no expense in terms of signings and their media campaign has been intense. The question now is can they turn those plans and dreams into on-the-field heroism? In their first trial game against last years minor premiers, the Melbourne Storm, they copped a hiding from one of the biggest packs in the NRL, going down 32-6.

Despite the loss, Gold Coast co-captain Luke Bailey said he was heartened by the performance of the Titans in the clubs first match. However, he put the senior players on notice.

Im sure some of the blokes on the sideline will be getting a bit scared about their position, which is good for us, said Bailey, who was one of several stars rested for the match. Our depth has been questioned a lot but I thought our young blokes went pretty well.

The real test for the Titans comes this Saturday, February 24, when Gold Coast coach Cartwright gives his marquee players a run in a trial against Parramatta at Lismores Oakes Oval.

Bailey, Preston Campbell, Scott Prince, Anthony Laffranchi, Mat Rogers and Jake Webster were overlooked for the Storm clash but should play this weekend.

Former Wallaby back Rogers is expected to make his anticipated comeback to rugby league on Saturday night despite concerns over his fitness levels. The 31-year-old has spent the past two weeks with the Titans rehabilitation group after rolling his ankle in his first training session with the club.

Well check Rogers through the week, Cartwright said. I really want to see him on the paddock and he wants to get out there.

General admission tickets to the game are still available. They cost $17.50 for adults, $12 for kids 12 and under, $14 concession or $47 for a family of four.

The trial match begins at 7.30pm.

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