Titans able to fly home to host Knights

Gold Coast will be able to fly home on Monday and can host Newcastle on Saturday after the NRL cleared their home region of any COVID-19 concerns.

The Titans were forced to rush to Sydney last Wednesday, with the club fearing Saturday’s “home” game against Canberra at Kogarah would be the first of many on the road.

But virus numbers in Queensland have subsided significantly in recent days, with no new locally acquired infections announced on Sunday.


“We’re thrilled that the team is coming home to the Coast,” Titans CEO Stephen Mitchell said.

“The NRL has today informed us that we can head back to Queensland and we are preparing to play in front of a big crowd at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday.

“Justin (Holbrook) and the team love playing in front of The Legion and we hope that a huge crowd will turn out to support the team against the Knights.”

The NRL’s Apollo committee are still meeting regularly on the situation, and Brisbane’s short-term fate is not yet decided.

The Broncos are, however, due to play in Sydney on Thursday night, and had initially planned to stay in NSW until then when they were rushed out last Monday.

Meanwhile, the Titans are hopeful a cork suffered by halfback Jamal Fogarty won’t rule him out of the Knights clash.

Already without Ash Taylor for another week because of a broken hand, Gold Coast desperately need Fogarty’s input in attack with Eric Clark and Tyrone Peachey the other options.

The Titans failed to make use of their opportunities in the loss to the Raiders, with three clear try-savers denying them while completing at 67 per cent.

“It was a bit of a shambles all round,” Holbrook said of the loss.

“We’ve played well the last couple of weeks (against Brisbane and North Queensland) and we had to play better (against Canberra).

“We missed our chances … That made it a tough night against a good opportunity.”

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