Tigers back to their best, warns Prince

By DANIEL PACE

GOLD Coast co-captain Scott Prince believes his old club Wests Tigers are back to their damaging best ahead of this weekend's NRL clash at Carrara.

The Titans must win four of their five remaining matches to secure a finals spot, but it won't be easy beating the Tigers, who thrashed North Queensland 54-10 on Monday night in veteran fullback Brett Hodgson's 200th first grade game.

"I thought they played outstanding last night back to their best," said Prince, who is confident of returning from a collarbone injury to lift the %Titans out of the doldrums.

"They won the wrestle on the ground, played up-tempo and just blew the Cowboys off the park.

"It's always great playing against your old mates and I'm looking forward to it if I take to the park on Saturday night."

Wests are likely to be even more dangerous against the Titans, with halfback Benji Marshall (shoulder) and Hodgson (knee) better for the run in their return from injuries.

With Dally M medallist favourite Robbie Farah back in his preferred position at hooker, the Titans will need to be on their guard around the rucks.

"He showed last night that when they get a quick play-the-ball, he's %second to none out of dummy-half and will create opportunities for his outside men," Prince said about Farah.

"He can run himself, he can kick, everything in the game. He's playing some good football at the moment."

Ten of the 17 players from the Tigers' 2005 grand final squad, which included Prince and Titans teammate Anthony Laffranchi, have been named to face the 11th-placed Titans this weekend.

"They're well drilled, very skilful and they've got strike players all over the park," coach John Cartwright said yesterday. "They're getting near to their grand final side, especially in the strike department with Marshall and Hodgson."

The Titans are close to full strength, with only props Michael Henderson (broken leg) and Brad Meyers (knee) and winger Matt Petersen (knee) unavailable from their top 17-man squad.



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