Titans prepare for rounds without Origin stars

THE TITANS are struggling to return to the form that saw them lift to the top of the NRL table at the start of the season.

Origin commitments, injury and suspension have disrupted the Gold Coast team over the past few weeks and up to three players could be out for Origin duties for the next two week.

Despite his side’s loss to the Panthers at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday night, David Mead has been in the sights of NSW selectors.


Blues coach Laurie Daley will name his side tomorrow afternoon, with Titans co-captain Greg Bird likely to slide into the back-row after missing the first showdown against Queensland due to suspension.

Fellow skipper Nate Myles is a sure bet to be included in the Queensland squad when it is named later today.

It will again leave Titans coach John Cartwright with a depleted side for the next two rounds at a time when the side desperately needs a win.

The Gold Coast has fallen to tenth on the table following the 36-14 defeat by Penrith, who have lifted to top spot.

The silver lining is the Titans face a ravaged Storm side next Monday, who will also be without their Origin stars.