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Titans lose key pair for Warriors clash

Gold Coast pair Greg Bird and William Zillman have both been ruled out of Saturday's crucial NRL clash with the Warriors.
Titans lose key pair for Warriors clash
by AAP

By Ed Jackson

GOLD COAST, Qld, Aug 23 AAP - Gold Coast pair Greg Bird and William Zillman have both been ruled out of Saturday's crucial NRL clash with the Warriors.

Titans coach John Cartwright confirmed after the team's final training session on Friday that neither player will take part in the club's last home game of the season.

Bird failed to recover from back spasms that took him from the field in last weekend's loss to North Queensland in Townsville while Zillman has aggravated a groin injury that has plagued him for several weeks.

Winger Anthony Don will replace Zillman with David Mead moving to fullback while Steve Michaels will come onto the interchange bench and Ben Ridge is the man most likely to take Bird's starting spot against the Warriors.

"Little bit disappointing for us but we were very happy with the way David Mead was playing at fullback and Harro (Ashley Harrison) comes back into the middle so I don't think we're going to lose too much there," Titans co-captain Nate Myles said.

"They are two quality players but we've got a lot of confidence in the guys that are coming in to do their job."

With Saturday's match effectively a must-win for the Warriors, the Titans are prepared to face a fired-up opponent.

The New Zealand-based team sit 13th on the ladder after three straight defeats and know a loss on Saturday will effectively end any hope of sneaking into the finals.

The Titans sit eighth on the ladder going into the game but play their last two fixtures on the road against Sydney Roosters and Melbourne.

Cartwright said while Saturday's match looks the most winnable of the club's remaining games, the 25-24 loss to the Warriors earlier in the year had shown just how dangerous their upcoming opponents can be.

"They led pretty well, we got ourselves into the game and probably should have won it in the end," he said of that encounter.

"Nothing changes with the Warriors. They're very hard to defend. Big, physical pack of forwards. You're never safe no matter what the scoreboard says but you're also never out of the game."


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