Titans lead the comp, so where’s the love from the media?

Tim Prentice Columnist

By Tim Prentice, Tim Prentice is a Roar Expert

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    Rugby league tosses up mysteries aplenty and there is another one brewing up on the Gold Coast.

    The Titans are equal competition leaders after four rounds but hardly any media outlet has been generous in their praise of their achievements, nor those of head coach Neil Henry, who has orchestrated an encouraging and enterprising start to the new season.

    Henry’s team was ranked by many as wooden spoon certainties before a ball was kicked but wins over Newcastle, Wests Tigers and Canberra have them riding high after the first month of NRL action.

    The Titans’ only loss came in Melbourne, but they were right in the fight for the first 60 minutes.

    Henry deserves a serious pat on the back for the way his team has performed. He has prepared the Titans superbly and they are showing that big things can be achieved, despite what the odds-makers and tipsters think.

    It is clear his team are hungry for success and that they are prepared to work hard for 80 minutes to achieve it.

    I am not predicting anything wild for the Gold Coast in 2016, but I am really enjoying the effort the players are putting in on a weekly basis, and I expect them to stretch the Brisbane Broncos when they meet on Friday.

    This effort hasn’t always been the case from Gold Coast teams down through the years, but when the current lot starts the new season at 3 and 1, I expect the electronic and print media to be more generous in praise of their performance.

    Nope. Next to nothing. Perhaps it’s unfashionable to say, broadcast or write nice things about the Titans. “They’ll crash and burn – you’ll see.”

    I certainly like what I have seen.

    New halfback Ash Taylor looks to be a player to really watch as he cuts his teeth in the NRL.

    The former Bronco oozes skill and the Titans are fortunate to have him with their young-gun half Kane Elgey sidelined for the entire season.

    Taylor has quickly formed a slick combination with ex-Knights man Tyrone Roberts and, as a result, the Titans haven’t been shy in the points-scoring department.

    There’s pace aplenty in the back division, with the likes of David Mead, Anthony Don, John Olive, Josh Hoffman and Nene Macdonald, but it is the Gold Coast forwards who have set a solid platform. They compete hard to dominate and ultimately win every ruck with fierce defence, clever off-loads and power running.

    Newcomers Dave Shillington, Zeb Taia and Chris McQueen are competing as hard as any forwards in the league. Then you look at spearheads Greg Bird, Ryan James and Agnatius Paasi who have begun 2016 with a bang.

    There are other Titans making significant contributions, such as Eddy Pettybourne, Kierran Moseley and Dan Mortimer, while evergreen Luke Douglas is ever-ready to do whatever job is required.

    The Titans were dead and buried ten minutes into the second half at Canberra last weekend, but they found a way to get a sniff of victory and kept gnawing away until the resistance was broken.

    Henry is widely regarded as an excellent tactician but he is moulding, motivating and encouraging this vastly underrated team to get results in a competition brimming with big names and huge reputations.

    He and his team began the year without their main playmaker (Elgey), lost the experience of Nate Myles to Manly and, at the last minute, their try-scoring superstar, James Roberts, walked out to the Broncos.

    Over-riding everything was Daly Cherry-Evans’ back-flip back to Manly – a vicious kick to the teeth if ever there was one for a battling club and team in a rebuilding phase.

    The Gold Coast collectively deserve a five-star wrap. It’s a mystery why they haven’t got one.

    Please accept it today lads, free of charge and agendas, from The Roar.

    And go show everyone what you’ve got against the title favourites at Cbus Super Stadium on Friday.

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    • March 30th 2016 @ 7:22am
      peeeko said | March 30th 2016 @ 7:22am | ! Report

      bacause at this stage last year everyone was praising Rick Stone and the Knights. they got the spoon

      • March 30th 2016 @ 9:10am
        KingCowboy said | March 30th 2016 @ 9:10am | ! Report

        Tim didn’t say that the Titan were going to win the p’ship but was saying they deserve some credit for the start that they have had. The knights were never going to do anything last year. They were to busy hating on Bennett. Brown is on the right track up there. Build from the bottom up. IMO let Mullen go and keep the kids coming through.

        • March 30th 2016 @ 12:23pm
          Pat Malone said | March 30th 2016 @ 12:23pm | ! Report

          And you think the Titans will do well this year? You are dreaming

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            March 30th 2016 @ 2:00pm
            Sleiman Azizi said | March 30th 2016 @ 2:00pm | ! Report

            Seeing as he never said that, it may be that someone else is dreaming.

      • March 30th 2016 @ 4:53pm
        Surely said | March 30th 2016 @ 4:53pm | ! Report

        Thats exactly what the article suggests. If Newcastle got the love why not the Titans?

    • March 30th 2016 @ 8:37am
      East Bound & Down said | March 30th 2016 @ 8:37am | ! Report

      Crown them NOW !

    • March 30th 2016 @ 8:47am
      KingCowboy said | March 30th 2016 @ 8:47am | ! Report

      Well said Timothy! It actually looks like the club has a plan and young Taylor looks the goods. I hope the Gold Coast gets behind this team because they now earnt that right with their effort. To me a successful year would be nine plus wins.

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      March 30th 2016 @ 9:17am
      Tom Rock said | March 30th 2016 @ 9:17am | ! Report

      I think you answered your own questions by listing who they have beaten in 2016 – Knights, Tigers and Raiders. While I applaud what they have achieved thus far, it unfortunately won’t last. You just can’t play Moneyball in the NRL and expect success. A squad made up of journeymen and rising talent will certainly snatch a few wins and surprise some teams, but without a superstar or two, you will only get so far. I sincerely hope Neil Henry gets a chance to throw some money around and snare a few marquee signings.

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        March 30th 2016 @ 9:21am
        Tim Prentice said | March 30th 2016 @ 9:21am | ! Report

        The club has cash in reserve. Don’t be surprised if there are some high quality additions in the next 12 months.

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          March 30th 2016 @ 9:33am
          Tom Rock said | March 30th 2016 @ 9:33am | ! Report

          Yeah but they had cash this past off-season as well. The trouble for the Titans is not spending cash, but rather convincing some poor soul to take it!

    • March 30th 2016 @ 9:34am
      Birdy said | March 30th 2016 @ 9:34am | ! Report

      Well deserved and well timed article Tim .
      They will get 18000+ on Friday . Unfortunately mostly broncos supporters.
      The momentum and confidence will build over the next season causing a lot of journos and knockers to eat humble pie.
      I top Itans in a close one.

    • March 30th 2016 @ 10:23am
      Adsa said | March 30th 2016 @ 10:23am | ! Report

      I cannot get them right in footy tips.

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