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Prince keeps crown on to inspire revival

By Laine Clark 07/08/2010 09:25:16 AM Comments (0)

Getting his head around a hamstring injury has helped the Scott Prince of old emerge for the Gold Coast Titans.

But just keeping his head proved a big enough challenge for the halfback after surviving two high shots in the Titans' stunning 34-12 comeback NRL win over Parramatta at Skilled Park on Friday night.

It was hard to believe Prince ever lacked confidence after watching him orchestrate the Titans' fightback from 12-0 down at halftime as they piled on six unanswered tries.

Yet Prince admitted he had been battling his inner demons since returning from a hamstring complaint almost a month ago.

"Off the back of hamstring troubles it does take a while to get your confidence back - especially when you do it kicking," said Prince, who returned on July 8 from a hamstring injury sustained in round 15's one point win over the Bulldogs.

"Even over the last couple of weeks it was slowly coming back.

"Hard work at training obviously pays dividends - but it was a constant battle every week." However, there was a much bigger headache to overcome against the Eels - literally.

Prince was hit high by Ben Smith in the 46th minute as he was kicking then copped a swinging arm from Fuifui Moimoi while being held by two other players six minutes later.

Both players were placed on report and are in serious danger of being suspended.

But each time Prince dusted himself off and set up a try following the resulting penalty, as the Titans put in the best second half performance Gold Coast coach John Cartwright had seen from his side.

"Back in the day they used to say you can't run without a head so that obviously applied (last night)," Prince smiled.

Titans backrower Mark Minichiello - who scored two tries along with Bodene Thompson - backed Prince's call that the high shots helped spark their remarkable turnaround.

"You really can't let them get away with that sort of stuff," he said of the high shots.

"We stood up well after that. We took it to them."

Eels coach Daniel Anderson said Moimoi's tackle was "a little clumsy" and claimed there was no intent on Smith's belated charge down.

He was more concerned that his strike weapon Jarryd Hayne claimed to have copped "about four" similar hits in the first half but the Titans weren't penalised.

It didn't stop the Eels No.1 from inspiring their 12-0 halftime buffer, only for the "Hayne Plane" to be grounded in the second stanza.

"I thought we handled him pretty well," Cartwright said.

"You are never going to take him out of the game, he is too good - you just have to limit his chances.

"In the second half I thought we shut him down pretty good."

The Gold Coast may soar as high as fourth after this round thanks to their third straight win, but the forecast isn't as rosy for the team that dumped them out of the 2009 finals.

Following their second straight loss, the Eels look like they will have to win all four of their remaining games just to have a finals sniff.

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