Arthur sticking to his guns against Titans
PARRAMATTA coach Brad Arthur has handed his players second-chance cards against a struggling Titans on the Gold Coast tonight, banking on his show of loyalty to bring the best out in his side.
It's not often a coach will stick with the same 17 players flogged by an embarrassing 46-4 scoreline the Eels were handed last weekend by a rampant Cowboys, but Arthur clearly wants to see which of his players respond the way he wants.
The Titans are in last place on the ladder, but at home are slight favourites despite losing skipper Nate Myles to a shoulder injury. Forward partner Ryan James is also in some danger of being ruled out with injury.
Sportsbet report solid betting on the wooden spoon battle, with the Gold Coast easing $1.55 favourites.
This will be a tough game
mentally for two sides that are out of finals contention, but up against Newcastle, the Wests Tigers and Penrith to avoid finishing 2015 with the wooden spoon.
Unwanted at the Titans next season, big Dave Taylor comes into the 17 for Myles, while playmaker Daniel Mortimer is back on the interchange bench.
Parramatta will fancy its chances of causing an upset through its power game led by Junior Paulo (pictured) and Tim Mannah, but again it will be trying to get the ball wide to bulldozing winger Semi Radradra whenever possible.
Titans halfback Kane Elgey returns from a bad head knock, and his ability to get speedster James Roberts some early ball will be a key.