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Davis to make belated NRL debut

Wayne Heming 09/06/2008 08:24:42 AM Comments (0)

Rugby league journeyman Brad Davis was celebrating almost as much as Scott Prince after he was called into the Titans side make his belated NRL debut against Melbourne on Monday night at 26.

Davis had a scholarship with the defunct Gold Coast Chargers when he was teenager before heading to Parramatta straight out of Currumbin Beach high school.

With Prince's elevation into the Queensland side following the withdrawal of skipper Darren Lockyer, Davis's career has come full circle.

He attempted to break into the NRL through Parramatta, Balmain and Manly lower grades before he ended up back up on the Gold Coast as a major influence in Tweed Heads Seagulls Queensland Cup premiership win last year.

The Titans saw his potential and worth as a back up for Prince and on Monday night he will play five-eighth in a reshuffled backline.

Melbourne have 10 players and their head coach Craig Bellamy unavailable because of Origin and are long odds to win at Skilled Park where the Titans are unbeaten.

But with Prince out, things change a little and a lot of responsibility will fall on the talented and highly rated Davis in his debut game.

"They (Melbourne) have still got great depth and we won't be taking the lightly," said Davis in the final year of his physical education degree at Bond University.

"I'm not expecting miracles, I just want to go out their and do the job Carty (coach John Cartwright) wants me to do."

Melbourne are expected to play either veteran Matt Geyer or debutant Joseph Tomane at fullback in the absence of Steve Turner who was a late addition to the NSW side for suspended winger Jarryd Hayne.

Powerful Clifford Manua is expected to come onto the bench.

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