Solid NRL debut for Binge
BALLINA junior Caleb Binge will have mixed feelings after his National Rugby League debut with the Titans on Monday night.
Binge made some solid contributions from the bench as his side went down 24-20 against the Melbourne Storm at Cbus Stadium on the Gold Coast.
The Titans were disappointing but there was nothing more the 20-year-old could have done playing front row and getting through a mountain of defence.
Binge lost 12kg in the off-season and showed plenty of potential during his time in the National Youth Competition.
He was a late inclusion in the side when he was added to the bench on Sunday.
In a strange twist, he replaced Paul Carter who also spent time on the Northern Rivers as a teenager playing for Lismore club Marist Brothers.
Carter was suspended for two games after he was charged with a high-range drink-driving offence in Surfers Paradise last week.
He made his debut in the first game of the season.
Six players from the Northern Rivers have played in the NRL for the Titans this season - Luke Douglas, Anthony Don, David Mead, Cody Nelson, Carter and Binge.
Douglas and Mead are regulars while Don recently signed a two-year deal.
The Titans are at home to the St George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday.
If Binge isn't selected he will return to the Tweed Seagulls who play in the Queensland Intrust Super Cup.