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Titans unchanged for Cowboys clash

Gold Coast will stick with a winning formula for this week's Queensland Derby after today naming an unchanged 18-man squad for Friday night's clash against North Queensland.
Titans unchanged for Cowboys clash
by NRL

Gold Coast will stick with a winning formula for this week's Queensland Derby after today naming an unchanged 18-man squad for Friday night's clash against North Queensland.

Jetstar Titans Coach John Cartwright today named the same 18-man squad that proved too strong for the Knights in an authoritative 24-14 victory in Newcastle last Saturday night.

The full strength Jetstar Titans will be shooting for their third straight win on Friday night in what marks the club's first Friday night match at Skilled Park this year at the exact half way point in the season.

Jetstar Titans Assistant Coach Steve Murphy said it was pleasing to be able to stick with a winning team, adding it was no surprise to see the side's recent good form coincide with some familiarity in key positions.

"It's good, it's a time of the year when you need everyone on deck and we have that at the moment which is pleasing for us,'' said Murphy.

"I think consistently having the same team on the paddock has helped us, obviously the addition of young Aidan Sezer has helped us and add to that familiarity in key positions.

"When you've got that and you are putting the same players on the paddock every week you have an opportunity to build your game and I think we're doing that at the moment.''

Murphy said the mood had been upbeat in the Titans camp coming off back-to-back wins for the first time since 2010.

"It's better than the alternative,'' he joked.

"I will say that even though we had been losing games, the atmosphere at training had been good for the majority of the season.

"We're just looking forward to playing a top-4 team this week - what we consider an impressive outfit and we're looking forward to the challenge.''

The Titans' Origin trio of Nate Myles, Ashley Harrison and Greg Bird have been given a lighter training load to start the week on the back of Origin 1 and backing up against the Knights three days later.

"We've just rested them up. Those guys have had a particularly strenuous few weeks so we let them have a bit of downtime early in the week and they'll be ready to go on Friday night,'' said Murphy.

The Titans have won two of four previous clashes against the Cowboys at Skilled Park since the two teams opened the stadium in Round 1, 2008.

GOLD COAST v NORTH QUEENSLAND
01/06/12, Skilled Park, 7:40pm
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Referees: Shayne Hayne, Alan Shortall

Gold Coast: William Zillman, Kevin Gordon, Jamal Idris, Beau Champion, David Mead, Aidan Sezer, Scott Prince [c], Luke Bailey, Matt Srama, Nate Myles, Greg Bird, Mark Minichiello, Ashley Harrison. Subs: Luke Douglas, Matthew White, Ben Ridge, Luke O'Dwyer, Brenton Lawrence (one to be omitted).

North Qld: Matthew Bowen, Ashley Graham, Brent Tate, Kane Linnett, Antonio Winterstein, Johnathan Thurston [c], Ray Thompson, Matthew Scott [c], Aaron Payne, James Tamou, Gavin Cooper, Glenn Hall, Dallas Johnson. Subs: James Segeyaro, Ricky Thorby, Ashton Sims, Jason Taumalolo, Cory Paterson (one to be omited).


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