Gold Coast Titans

Game that defines McQueen's milestone

McQueen has suited up for 150 games in his nine years in the NRL to date but as he failed to get onto the field against the Bulldogs in Round 13, 2012 whilst playing for the Rabbitohs it didn't count towards his tally, causing the self-confessed footy nerd some confusion this week.

Right time to play Storm: James

Coming out of the Representative Round on the back of two straight wins, the Titans only have to travel an hour up the M1 for their 'away' clash with the Storm who have won seven of the nine matches played between the two teams in Melbourne.

Both clubs have been rocked this week by senior players Kevin Proctor and Jesse Bromwich being embroiled in a drugs scandal following New Zealand's Test loss in Canberra on Friday night and will take the field without the pair on Saturday night.

Hurrell's plan all brawn, no brain

Taking two wins into the Representative Round bye has enabled the Titans to move into 12th position and look forward with some optimism but they face a genuine test of their credentials against Melbourne in the Suncorp Stadium double-header next Saturday night.

Having missed the Round 5 loss to the Warriors and Round 7 loss to the Broncos, Hurrell returned along with Jarryd Hayne in Round 8 against the Sharks and ran for more than 150 metres in each of his two games back, adding two tries in the 38-8 rout of the Knights, his second double against Newcastle this season.

Pulu's headgear a show of faith

 Pulu became the unlikely hero for the Titans on Saturday night when he came off the bench to score the first double of his young NRL career as the Titans breathed life into their season with a 16-12 win over the Sharks in Cronulla. 

NRL's head injury protocol sanctions

CEO Todd Greenberg said fines totalling $350,000 had been imposed on the Gold Coast Titans, St George Illawarra Dragons and Newcastle Knights.

He said that, following consideration of submissions from each club, the penalties would be: 

   o Gold Coast Titans $50,000 (with a further $100,000 suspended) for incidents involving Kane Elgey and Ryan Simpkins

   o St George Illawarra Dragons $50,000 (with a further $50,000 suspended) for an incident involving Josh Dugan

Further injuries for battered Titans

The 14th-placed Titans lost fullback Tyrone Roberts (knee), back-rower Joe Greenwood (concussion) and prop Nathaniel Peteru (foot) to match-ending injuries at Mount Smart Stadium, while hooker Ryan Simpkins was taken off but eventually played on through back spasms.

Foran still no certainty for Warriors debut

The Warriors desperately need Foran having lost three of their first four games of the season.

He was due to play last round against St George but was a late withdrawal after suffering a hamstring injury warming up.

Despite having a history of hamstring and back issues Foran said he hasn't had any problems for a year or so.

"It was really bizarre how it happened," he said.

Paasi joins Titans casualty ward

Paasi picked up the injury to the same shoulder which went under a complete reconstruction in the off-season midway through the first half against the Cowboys last Saturday night and could be sidelined for as long as six weeks.

The Titans' forward stocks could suffer another significant blow on Tuesday night when co-captain Ryan James fronts the judiciary to plead not guilty to a charge of a shoulder charge. If he is found guilty James will miss two weeks but can escape suspension altogether if the Titans can mount a successful defence.

Henry at a loss over Titans' slow starts

For the fourth week in succession the Titans gave up a double-digit lead to their opponents with Johnathan Thurston scoring a try and kicking three goals to get the North Queensland Cowboys out to a 10-0 lead after 19 minutes on Saturday night.

Hess leads Cowboys to win over Titans

For the fourth week in succession the Titans dawdled out of the blocks and while the Cowboys completed at 100 per cent with 80 per cent of the ball the home side could complete only one of their first four sets of the game.