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Titans pay price for Qld Origin triumph

By Jim Morton and Tony Bartlett 17/06/2010 07:44:49 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast have paid the price for Queensland's State of Origin triumph with Ashley Harrison joining fellow Titans forward Luke Bailey as a late scratching before Friday night's NRL clash with the Bulldogs.

Maroons lock Harrison has been ruled out of action after suffering a cut eye in Queensland's 34-6 thumping of NSW at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.

Interchange duo Brad Myers and Matt White are in line for call-ups to start in the Titans pack with Bailey unable to overcome his lingering ankle complaint.

But in good news for Gold Coast, who will be in the rare position of enjoying the bulk of the crowd support despite being the visiting team, livewire veteran Preston Campbell has overcome a badly bruised heel.

In a repeat of last year's corresponding fixture, Canterbury have moved their home game to Brisbane and will take on the Coast following the Broncos-Penrith clash at Suncorp Stadium.

Titans coach John Cartwright was left to question the extra latitude given at Origin level with Harrison sporting a nasty cut from the brutal forward exchanges.

"There was some stuff that went in tackles that we don't see every week here in the NRL," said Cartwright, who has also challenged his young forwards to step up and cover the loss of veteran Bailey.

"It is a blow, he's been tremendous for us this year - he's been as good as he has been in our four years as a club.

"When we needed a bit of a kick he's been leading the way."

The Bulldogs will have NSW hooker Mick Ennis backing up from the Blues loss and Titans skipper Scott Prince is on guard for a 13th-placed Bulldogs side with a point to prove.

"They have star players right across the park, especially with (Jamal) Idris out wide," Prince said.

"He's a danger and they have Brett Kimmorley who I'm sure would be disappointed to miss out on Origin ... and you have Ennis coming back from last night's defeat."

The 8.45pm kick-off also gives Ennis more time to make the start after he and Jarryd Hayne missed the NSW team bus to Suncorp Stadium for Origin Two.

Prince mused he'd pack his sleepwear for the late start, which must wait until after the Broncos `curtain-raiser'.

"I'll be walking around the dressing room with my PJs on," he said.

"I think Locky (Broncos skipper Darren Lockyer) will be in bed by the time we kick off."

Meantime, the Titans on Thursday moved back into their controversial $30 million centre of excellence four months after vacating the premises following a wrangle with builder Simcorp Constructions.

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