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Titans make Locky nervous

By Wayne Heming 14/07/2011 06:48:27 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane captain Darren Lockyer says games against struggling NRL teams like Gold Coast make him most nervous.

Brisbane are expected to continue the last-placed Titan's miserable season heading into the clash with their six State of Origin stars back on the paddock.

But Lockyer, who edges a little closer to Terry Lamb and Steve Menzies's all-time record of 349 games at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, says it's these types of "danger games" that make him more than a little jumpy.

"I get more nervous about these games than I do about the big ones," Lockyer told AAP.

"When you come up against a team who are playing well and they're in the top end of the competition you know everyone is going to be switched on because they have to be.

"You put yourself in the Titans' shoes and they know they have to come to Suncorp on Friday night and play their best footy, they don't need any motivation.

"It's important we go out there and work very, very hard and be on our game to secure a win against them."

Meanwhile Lockyer said he and his five Origin team-mates were full of admiration for the young players who pulled one of the club's best wins out of the bag against Parramatta while they were away in camp with Queensland earlier this month.

"The young guys have done a great job keeping us in the battle and I think we can get a top four finish and a home semi which would be a nice start," he said."

He said he had a good break since leading Queensland to a sixth successive Origin series victory at Suncorp Stadium eight days ago.

Lockyer took some time out with his wife, Loren and their toddler Sunny on their property at Pottsville where he admitted his alter ego, Darrell, made an appearance.

"I was pretty quiet after the game but I let my hair down, or what little I've got, on Friday night which was good," he said.

"Letting my guard down with family and friends in the backyard around the fire pit with a few drinks was a good way to enjoy it all."

The Titans will use the local derby clash to salvage something from the wreckage with NSW Origin forward Greg Bird and veteran utility Preston Campbell back in the side along with Luke Capewell who starred with two tries for Queensland Residents in last week's Origin curtain raiser.

Titans coach John Cartwright said the occasion and atmosphere would lift his players.

"It's a local derby and there's a keen history between the clubs," he said.

"There are players at our club who've spent time at the Broncos and that is always and added incentive."

Captain Scott Prince said Capewell, who played four games earlier in the season, deserved a recall after dominating in the State League and the recent Residents clash.

"Luke has scored a number of tries in the state league and hopefully we can put him in a position to do some damage for us," said Prince.

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