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Zillman pressuring for starting role

By Wayne Heming 18/04/2009 11:57:52 AM Comments (0)

Gold Coast match-winner Mat Rogers said William Zillman reminded Canberra what they missed out with a crucial try in Friday night's 16-10 NRL win over the Raiders at Skilled Park.

Zillman's blistering speed led to a key try soon after halftime to put the Titans back in front 10-6.

To the naked eye, Zillman appeared centimetres offside chasing down a Scott Prince grubber kick.

Video referee Phil Cooley, however, gave him the benefit of the doubt.

"I'm sure Canberra are shattered they've lost him and I can't wait to see him get more game time," said Rogers.

"I wish he (Zillman) wasn't there because I would have scored, I was a metre or so outside him with nobody near us.

"But I was rapt, he's a great talent."

Rogers, who played much of the game in the centres, would play there regularly if it helped coach John Cartwright settle on a his backline.

Zillman played 33 minutes at fullback with Preston Campbell moving into the front line closer to halfback Scott Prince.

"If they chuck me in the centres and put Presto (Campbell) in the front line there's definitely going to be a spot there for him (Zillman)," said the veteran dual international.

"It's hard, he's probably too good to have on the bench.

"We're winning games of footy with him there and he's coming on and having a great impact.

"We've nicknamed him 'TP' the Total Package and he's definitely the total package.

"He's professional, he comes off the bench and does the job for us."

Rogers was in a jovial mood after the Titans fourth straight win.

"I felt good out there actually, you don't have to do too much work out there in the centres," he said.

"I used to get a hard time when I played on the wing, they used to say wingers are blokes who hung around footballers.

"But I think centres are blokes who hang around footballers, they don't do too much."

Rogers though did more than enough when it counted, scurrying over for the try that broke a 10-all deadlock in the 78th minute before being buried under an avalanche of excited teammates.

Prince had set up for a field goal 30 metres out from Canberra's line but at the last minute opted to run the ball.

"I got the shock of my life," laughed Rogers.

"I was just glad he threw me a decent pass."

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