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Giants Taylor, Idris to form Titanic combo

Gold Coast are preparing to detonate 238kg worth of size on the trembling left-edge defences of their NRL opposition this season.
Giants Taylor, Idris to form Titanic combo
by AAP

By Ben Horne

SYDNEY, Feb 28 AAP - Gold Coast are preparing to detonate 238kg worth of size on the trembling left-edge defences of their NRL opposition this season.

Two of the game's biggest bodies, Dave Taylor and Jamal Idris, will form a right-side combination of epic proportions at the Titans.

Coach John Cartwright is aiming to bombard his rivals with the double-act of 123kg, 185cm Taylor and 115kg, 199cm Idris.

Wide-running backrower Taylor and centre Idris are a potentially destructive duo, but so far in their careers both have made a nasty habit of fading in and out of consistency.

They've also pushed the boundaries of what is "too big" to perform at their best.

However, co-captain Greg Bird says pre-season form indicates South Sydney recruit Taylor and Idris are set for match-winning seasons working in tandem.

"They scored a couple of tries down that edge against the Broncos and looked strong against the Cowboys (in trials). I'm pretty happy I don't have to play against them," Bird said.

Last year was a tough season for Taylor - dropped from the Queensland State of Origin side and the Australian Test squad.

The 24-year-old made a big call to walk away from the high-flying Rabbitohs and link with the Titans, who have missed the finals for the past two seasons.

However, he'll receive a good mentor at the Titans, in their other skipper, Nate Myles.

The star Queenslander last year turned himself into one of the best forwards in the NRL, and wants the best for Maroons buddy Taylor.

Myles revealed Taylor had plenty of work in the off-season under Cartwright.

"Effort wise he's been fantastic. He's probably had a bit of a rough pre-season compared to the other boys, but to his credit he's ripping in," Myles told AAP.

"Everyone up at the Gold Coast is excited about him being there. He's still such a young dude and talent wise he's ridiculous."

The Titans are stacked with backrowers, with their stocks including Myles, Bird, Ashley Harrison, Ryan James and Mark Minichiello.

The glut of talent at the back of the scrum could see Myles play predominantly at prop.

However, Bird is determined to remain at second row or lock, even though there is a vacancy at five-eighth following Scott Prince's departure.

"I'm very happy to not have the pressure of hitting the chest with every pass and all those kind of things," said Bird.


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