Players from the Gold Coast Titans during pre-season training.
Players from the Gold Coast Titans during pre-season training. Nathan Friend

Quest to be state's best

FRIDAY night's match with the Brisbane Broncos at Skilled Park promises to be a fierce clash of the South East Queenslander teams.

The two clubs have built a great rivalry in our short histories.

Brisbane have long been the premier team in Queensland, but on Friday night we hope to stake our claim as the most dominant Queensland-based side in the 2009 NRL.

For the past two years we've been like a little brother to the Broncos, and there has always been this element of wanting to beat and be better than them.

This year we've been ticking a lot of goals off, and to be the best of the Queenslanders is the next, along with maintaining our unbeaten home record.

We've enjoyed our best season to date, winning 11 of 17 contests to sit third on the premiership ladder.

Brisbane, on the other hand, are enduring one of their worst seasons in recent memory and are in serious danger of missing the eight with the worst points differential of the four teams on 22 points filling spots six to nine.

Furthermore we welcome back Queensland Maroon Ashley Harrison and big Aaron Cannings to the forward pack, while they will be without the likes of Sam Thaiday and Tonie Carroll up front and Darren Lockyer and Israel Folau in the backs.

However with Mat Rogers and most likely Nathan Friend out, will need a little reshuffle.

Preston Campbell is usually the man to step to nine, but as Mat is out too he'll most likely move to six.

In which case Kayne Lawton will step up to the plate at hooker and he won't let anyone down.

We took to the field after them last week and this week we'll line up opposite them.

Michael Searle is hopeful of a full house, and so are we.

We need the support from the Northern Rivers, Tweed and Gold Coast to come along and get us home over the Broncos.

When we go there we get a hostile environment, so let's give it back it to them.



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