We know how important today’s clash is against the Capras in Rockhampton. We need to win to keep in touch with the top six and also to keep our momentum and confidence going.
I thought our session on Thursday was our best for the season, so I hope we can transfer that into tonight’s match.
The team is pretty much as announced on Tuesday with Titans players Konrad Hurrell, Brendan Elliot, Kane Elgey, Leilani Latu and Ryan Simpkins all fine to play, which is a boot for us. Kiah Cooper, who had been in really good form, is out though after doing a hamstring in training last week.
Leilani had his best game of the season for us in round 12 and he knows he has to back that up, not only to give us authority up front but to push for his return to the Titans NRL side.
Ryan Simpkins is a key inclusion for us too. ‘Riz’ does a lot of the quality things that go unnoticed by some and his experience on the left edge in defence inside Kane Elgey is important with Lamar Liolevave out for a week with suspension for dangerous contact on a kicker last week.
‘Koni’ brings energy and good yardage our of our end while Brendan has really shone at this level, whether at centre or at fullback. With Brayden McGrady gone for the season with a knee injury, having the two Titans both available is an obvious bonus for us.
Shaun Carney was a late withdrawal last week after bruising his leg doing weights but he comes back into the side at fullback.
We’ve used a lot of players this season but we’ve still been able to keep a nucleus on the park every week, including skipper Cheyne Whitelaw, hooker Sam Meskell, utility Eli Levido and winger Ryland Jacobs while five-eighth Lindon McGrady, Kane Elgey or AJ Brimson, Tristan Lumley and Lamar have been the backbone of our recent good performances.
But our depth has shone through and the likes of Maia Sands and Jarrod Morfett have done a good job for us.
We have a pretty good record against the Capras but they’re always tough to beat at home and with former Queensland and Titans second-rower Dave Taylor in their side, anything is possible if he plays like he is capable of.