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Scott Prince out with broken thumb

By David Beniuk 29/03/2010 08:34:32 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast win just a third of their games without captain Scott Prince, but coach John Cartwright is confident the NRL pacesetters can cover for the injury to their star halfback.

Prince will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a broken thumb suffered in Saturday night's 24-8 win over Canberra after undergoing surgery to insert a screw.

Cartwright will consult with fullback Preston Campbell, who filled in for Prince when he was injured in 2009, before naming his side on Tuesday.

But the statistics show Campbell will have his work cut out, with the Titans' winning percentage dropping from 54 per cent to 33 per cent without Prince.

In 12 games without the State of Origin representative, the Coast have presided in just four.

"Twelve games is not much to base anything on, it's a very minimal amount of games and to have that sort of comparison you'd want to play without him a lot more," Cartwright told AAP.

"The fact is we beat some big sides without him last year and we're confident we can do it again.

"Everyone is 12 months older, the team's 12 months older.

"The fellas have all improved with that experience and we have got a good base of experienced guys there."

Campbell is the favourite to wear the No.7 jersey against North Queensland on Saturday night, with William Zillman and under-20s half Jordan Rankin also possibilities.

"Preston did the job for us last year so I'll have a chat to him before we make a final decision," Cartwright said.

"There's things to discuss. I need to talk to the players before we go to press with it but he did the job for us last year and I'll just see how he is and then we'll make a decision."

Cartwright said the injury to Prince would not see a change in the role of his halves partner Greg Bird.

"I just want him to worry about his own game," the coach said.

"He's not there to get the side around the park, he's there to do what he's been doing, that's play his own game, provide us with good yards, a bit of second phase and get the ball to our speed."

Prince's absence will rob Saturday's Dairy Farmers Stadium clash of an individual showdown between him and Test halfback Johnathan Thurston.

Prince has been in brilliant form for the unbeaten Gold Coast and was able to shrug off a salary cap controversy to star against the Raiders.

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