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Prince's courage inspires NRL Titans

By Wayne Heming 20/08/2008 04:44:45 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast utility Ashley Harrison said Scott Prince's courage to play with a crack in his arm was inspiring his NRL team-mates.

Harrison could not quantify what it meant having Prince on the field as the club fights for an historic finals appearance.

But he said players dug deep knowing he was prepared to break his arm again for them.

Prince will have his injured forearm encased in thick padding when he plays in Friday night's NRL local derby against the Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.

He took a huge gamble last weekend by making an early comeback against the Cowboys, just six weeks after fracturing his arm playing Origin for Queensland.

While caught out a few times defensively, Prince's ability to put on plays and set up tries with his kicking game proved the difference.

Titans chief executive Michael Searle on Wednesday dismissed concerns Prince could prove a defensive liability if Brisbane target him with big runners.

"I don't think Scott Prince is a liability at any stage, he's a great footballer who has shown great courage," fired Searle.

While Brisbane will do their best to exploit any deficiencies in Prince's tackling game, Harrison said the Titans were prepared to wear any errors just to have him on the field.

"Princey was prepared to break his arm for us last weekend and that gives you strength and determination to dig deep," said Harrison.

"It makes you think you're not going too bad when you've got a guy in your team with a crack in his arm who's prepared to keep turning up for you."

Harrison said there wasn't too much he or his team-mates could do to spare Prince from the examination Brisbane would put him through.

"You do your best but these days there's not many places to hide out there," he said.

"If you're in the line they'll find you.

"The Cowboys found him a couple of times on the weekend and Princey made his tackles.

"He'll get a lot of confidence out of last week's game in terms of putting his body in front of people and I'm sure he's prepared to do it again.

"We like to think whether it be Princey or anyone else we are there to cover up any mishaps we have and we take that philosophy into the game."

Prince said during the week he wouldn't go out and "play scared" and would put it all on the line against the Broncos.

"That's the attitude he takes into his footy," said Harrison.

"We know what we're going to get out of Scott and hopefully he knows what he is going to get out of us."

Titans coach John Cartwright admitted he was concerned for Prince when he decided to defy medical advice and play last weekend.

"It says a lot about Scott he would do that," said Cartwright, a player known for his toughness with Penrith and NSW.

"It's not only what he does on the field, its what he brings to our whole dynamics.

"He's just such a great team player and competitor."

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