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Campbell warns NRL teams against Titans

By Daniel Pace 25/02/2007 04:31:26 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast speedster Preston Campbell has warned the other 15 NRL teams to "keep an eye out for us" following the Titans' gutsy win over a near full-strength Parramatta in Saturday night's trial in Lismore.

The Titans rolled out their big artillery for the first time in the clash with the Eels and showed they're ready for business heading into their NRL season-opener against St George Illawarra in Brisbane on March 18.

Gold Coast trailed 10-4 with 10 minutes remaining before former Kangaroos halfback Scott Prince sparked a courageous comeback.

Prince set up a try for second-rower Gavin Cooper and scored one himself before Cooper sealed a 22-10 victory with an opportunist four-pointer from a Matt Hilder bomb.

When asked if opposition teams should be frightened about meeting the Titans in the wake of their maiden victory, Campbell said at a recovery session on Sunday: "I don't know about scared but maybe just keep an eye out for us.

"The competition these days is pretty level pegging with the salary cap.

"Even South Sydney is fielding a really good side this year.

"It could be anyone's year."

The key to the Titans' fortunes will rest on the health of co-captains Prince and powerhouse prop Luke Bailey, who were both superb in front of 8,612 people on Saturday night.

Coach John Cartwright admitted he didn't have a clue how the team would perform against the Eels, missing only Nathan Hindmarsh and Timana Tahu, because it was the first hit-out of the year for most players in a new club.

"I've got confidence in what we're doing but until you go out and experience it, you don't really know," he commented.

"Every week I'll look forward to us getting out on the paddock and seeing if we can compete against the top clubs."

Campbell started the game at fullback and, with rake Nathan Friend still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, shared the hooking duties with North Queensland recruit Clint Amos, who had a terrific game.

"I was rapt in him," Cartwright said about former Penrith five-eighth Campbell.

"It just proved to me you can play him anywhere.

"He might be small in stature but he's got a massive heart and plenty of speed.

"I couldn't be happier with him. Every side needs a Mr Fixit and he's going to be ours."

The Titans' defence was rock-solid against Parramatta but Cartwright admitted he was concerned about his team's poor ball control.

"We've had a bit of a problem at training with ball control but we're aware of it and we're working hard to stop it," he noted.

The only downside for the Titans was injuries to forwards Mark Minichiello (dislocated thumb) and Brad Meyers (sprained ankle), who will both undergo scans on Monday.

On the plus side, props Michael Henderson (hamstring) and James Stosic (Achilles problem) should return for the club's final trial, against Penrith at Gold Coast Stadium on Friday.

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