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No Prince, no worries at Titans

By Tony Bartlett 26/03/2009 04:21:52 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast coach John Cartwright says he is "fed up" with suggestions the Titans can't win without Scott Prince ahead of Friday night's NRL clash with the Bulldogs.

Statistics indicate the Titans should be sweating on Prince overcoming a hamstring complaint for the Skilled Park showdown - they have won just two out of 10 games without their playmaker.

But Cartwright bristled at talk the Gold Coast would struggle if their co-captain failed a fitness test on Friday.

"It's a challenge. You don't replace guys like that. But like me, he's probably getting a bit fed up with all the talk about it," he said on Thursday.

"We're going to be judged on our results and we're all aware of that.

"We'll be full strength on Friday night and Prince is about the only guy in the club not available so there's no talk among the players about winning or losing without Scott Prince."

Cartwright said Prince would be given until the last minute to be given the green light.

"We'll probably have a run with him on Friday afternoon and give him every chance we can," he said.

"But if his hamstring's not 100 per cent, we won't risk him - it's too delicate.

"If it's not right, he won't play."

Prince sounded upbeat after moving freely in a light run at Skilled Park on Thursday morning, however, he didn't take part in the team training session.

"I'll give it until tomorrow and see how it comes up then, but it does feel a hell of a lot better today," Prince said.

Regular Titans fullback Preston Campbell said he looked forward to the challenge of filling in for Prince if their talisman succumbed to injury.

"It's been a while since I've been there but ... I'm feeling pretty comfortable at the moment," said Campbell, who won the 2001 Dally M Medal wearing the Sharks' No.7 jersey.

Even the laconic Campbell was getting tired of hearing of their record without Prince.

"Sometimes you do get a little bit tired of (it) but other teams have done it (won without star players) at State of Origin times and when the rep season comes around," he said.

"I think if we can play like we trained, we can win."

While the Titans wait on Prince, the Bulldogs also had their share of distractions when they arrived on the tourist strip on Thursday.

The Bulldogs are seeking a reduced penalty after the NRL's decision to strip the club of two competition points for having 14 men on the field when they snatched victory from Penrith last Saturday.

But Cartwright said he had not thought about whether the issue would fire up the Bulldogs on Friday night.

"People think too much about that," he said.

"If they're worried about what happened last week, it's going to affect their performance.

"So I'm sure they'll treat this game the same regardless of the two points."

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