Titans fans choose their foes

By ADAM WRATTEN

FANS of the NRL's fledgling Gold Coast Titans have targeted Sydney showponies, the Roosters, as their number one enemy.

Even though the Titans only have half a team and are 18 months away from playing their first game, it appears Gold Coasters would love nothing more than to put one over the Ricky Stuart-coached Roosters.

The Roosters are streets ahead in a poll, conducted on a Titans' fan forum, to find the most disliked NRL club, with more than 50 per cent of the vote. The Broncos are a clear second on 37 per cent.

Ironically, Titans head coach John Cartwright arrives at the Gold Coast after a successful stint as assistant coach to Stuart at the Roosters.

Yesterday, the diplomatic Cartwright wasn't buying into talk of getting one up on his old club.

"No not at all, it's an old cliche, but each week is different and no one game hurts more to lose than another one. Every loss hurts as much as the next," Cartwright said.

"And, every win feels just as good."

However, he said the local derby with Brisbane would have something extra.

"Brisbane ... they are our nearest team and will be our local derby, so there will always be that bit of extra spice," Cartwright said.

Titans general manager of marketing and commercial operations Stephen Burns said that in recent weeks the Titans' forum had been the most utilised site in rugby league ? apart from the NRL's.

The club does not control comments posted on the forum, which has strict guidelines about usage.

Meanwhile, Burns said the Titans website had received about 200,000 hits since its inception this time last month.

To have your say on the fans' forum visit the club's website at www.titans.com.au and follow the prompts to the forum.



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