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Titans coach praises courageous Prince

By Wayne Heming 14/08/2008 06:31:30 PM Comments (0)

There were few harder or tougher players than John Cartwright so when the Titans coach uses the word "courage" you take notice.

The former Penrith premiership winning forward has admitted he was concerned for the club's halfback Scott Prince who could defy medical advice and risk re-breaking his arm by playing for the Titans against the Cowboys in Townsville on Saturday night.

The decision to play six weeks after breaking his arm in battle for Queensland in the Origin series decider, is fraught with danger for Prince.

The gutsy No.7, who will travel to Townsville and train on Friday, has indicated strongly he could gamble by playing in a protective cast which would only minimise the risk of re-breaking his arm.

"I have to weigh up if it's all worth it," said Prince this week before the clash with the Cowboys which could spell the end of 2008 for the Titans.

Cartwright said he was "concerned" for Prince but would leave the decision up to him to make.

"I'm concerned about him because I've been told the same advice that he's been told," Cartwright told AAP.

"It's really in his hands.

"I'll be concerned about him if he decides to play that's for sure.

"I think it says a lot about the character of the fellow that he's even thinking about playing."

It's a must win game for the 13th placed Titans and Prince knows waiting another week could be too late.

"He knows things aren't going to change too much with his arm in one week and he's basically putting his arm on the line for his team.

"You have to know the type of guy he is.

"Some guys who aren't team orientated it doesn't affect that much but he's a guy who is totally all about his teammates."

Cartwright said he is prepared to wait right up until kick off for Prince to make a decision if he needed that long.

The Titans meanwhile have lost prop Michael Henderson to a shoulder injury.

Henderson, who had been named to return from suspension will be replaced by 18th man Luke Swain.

The last placed Cowboys, who are fighting to avoid the winning spoon, will welcome back skipper Johnathan Thurston as they fight to get off the bottom of the ladder in the final month of the regular season.

The Cowboys could be a real nuisance to the Titans, Newcastle and Raiders in their fight for a finals spot, and could also hamper Cronulla's efforts to win the minor premiership.

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