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Halves woes continue for Titans

Gold Coast's NRL season is on the brink after a fifth straight loss as a lack of stability in the halves continues to derail the Titans.
Halves woes continue for Titans
by AAP

By Ed Jackson

GOLD COAST, June 17 AAP - Gold Coast's NRL season is on the brink after a fifth straight loss as a lack of stability in the halves continues to derail the Titans.

After topping the ladder earlier this season, the Titans are now 12th following Monday's 24-20 loss to Melbourne at Robina.

In each of their past five defeats the Titans have been forced to field a different halves pairing, with Aidan Sezer, Albert Kelly, Beau Henry and Maurice Blair all partnering in various combinations as injuries have hit.

Sunday's crucial home clash with St George Illawarra will again need another alteration following Henry's posterior cruciate ligament injury in the eighth minute of the Storm defeat.

Kelly (calf) may come back into contention but otherwise the cupboard is getting bare for Titans coach John Cartwright, forced to throw a half-fit Ashley Harrison and then Brad Takairangi - already filling in at backrow - into the halves against the Storm.

"We hope to have him right," Cartwright said of Kelly's chances of taking on the Dragons.

"He's going to have to get on the training field and finish the sessions. If he does that, he'll be right to go."

Titans fullback William Zillman, who himself has been forced to slot into the centres during his team's up and down campaign, says the lack of stability is proving hard to handle.

"Yeah, it can get tough, especially when you've got your six and your seven who are swapping over," Zillman said.

"We've had a little bit of that in the past month. It hasn't been easy for us."




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