Titans more than a half
GOLD COAST co-captain Scott Prince has hosed down suggestions the Titans cannot win without their star halfback and has vowed to continue playing despite carrying an ankle injury.
Coach John Cartwright last week rated Prince only a 50-50 chance of playing against Cronulla at Carrara on Monday night but not only did the No7 take the field, he was player of the match.
Prince was superb in his team's 18-16 victory over the Sharks, setting up Preston Campbell for the match-winning try in the 74th minute and controlling play with the touch of an orchestra conductor.
Asked if the Titans would crumble if he was forced to miss his first game through injury since 2003, Prince replied: "We're going to struggle with any key player out, especially this first year.
"The salary cap doesn't allow you to have a really good second-string (team) and that's no disrespect to our reserve grade sides.
"Hopefully the main squad is fit and healthy throughout the year.
"If Luke Bailey's out we're definitely going to struggle in the go-forward.
"I wouldn't necessarily say if I don't play, that we won't win.
"I don't want to be put into that bracket."
Prince was back on physiotherapist Bruce Rawson's table yesterday receiving treatment on his right ankle after partially tearing ligaments during the first-round loss to St George Illawarra.
He urged his teammates to keep the lid on their emotions after they launched a spirited fightback on Monday night to earn the club's first premiership points.
"The emotions are real high because of the enormity of the win," he said.
"The Gold Coast community was dying for a win.
"It was a big occasion but now it's back to work.
"It's a new week and we've got to prepare because we're playing a pretty tough Bulldogs side coming off the back of a hiding (to Penrith)."
Prince pledged his support for besieged teammate Anthony Laffranchi, who appeared briefly in a Sydney court today on a rape charge.
Laffranchi was one of the best forwards on the paddock last night, racking up 40 tackles in front of a capacity crowd of almost 18,000.
"From a friend's point of view, hopefully the right thing comes out for him and for everybody else," Prince said.