Tyrone Roberts of the Indigenous All Stars passes the ball during the NRL exhibition match between the Indigenous All Stars and the Maori All Stars at AAMI Park on February 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.
Tyrone Roberts of the Indigenous All Stars passes the ball during the NRL exhibition match between the Indigenous All Stars and the Maori All Stars at AAMI Park on February 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Kelly Defina

Roberts back and in control

RUGBY LEAGUE: Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan is excited to see Tyrone Roberts make his return to the NRL and wants him to take control in the Titans trial against the Cowboys.

Roberts has been handed the captaincy for the battle at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday, and makes his return to the club after spending a year in the Super League with Warrington Wolves.

He featured in the grand final for the Wolves in both the Super League and the Challenge Cup.

He's been quick to make an impact since returning to Australia, named the Preston Campbell Medallist in last Friday's Harvey Norman All Stars game.

Choosing Roberts to captain the side in the trial was a no-brainer for Brennan.

"Tyrone has probably got more experience than anyone else in the football team and he's played over 100 first grade games and he's come back from successful stint over in England,” Brennan said.

"He brings with him some experience and being the half-back I want him to take control of the football team so he was just a natural fit.

He listed Roberts as someone he was eager to see make an impact in the trial.

"There's some interesting ones (players) there to be honest, but I'm obviously looking forward to seeing Tyrone back playing some NRL and against quality opposition like Cowboys (too),” he said.

Brennan said he was keen to see how the young talent performed on the night, especially against some heavyweights of the game.

"The young guys are excited to come against the likes of Matt Scott, who is probably the best front rower in the game for the last however long, and (Jason) Taumalolo who's probably the most damaging player in the game at the moment,” he said.

"They've worked really hard in the pre-season so to test themselves against that sort of quality they're excited about it.”

He named forward Moeaki Fotuaika as one of those to watch.

"He's the big one. He's Tongan and I know he looks up to Jason Taumalolo,” he said.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him out there. I know he's going to be excited and nervous.”

He said the Titans had been relentless in their pre-season efforts and were fit and raring to go.

"They've probably trained as hard as I've ever seen an NRL team train but at the end of the day it comes down to playing some good football,” he said.

"I have to say this year no player has taken any shortcuts and trained really hard.

"Hopefully that'll give them confidence going into the trials and into the season in a few weeks time.”

The Titans will take on Cowboys from 5pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium today.

Titans: 1. Jesse Arthars 2. Anthony Don 3. Brenko Lee 4. Brian Kelly 5. Phillip Sami 6. Dylan Phythian 7. Tyrone Roberts (c) 8. Jack Stockwell 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Bryce Cartwright 12. Will Matthews 13. Max King 14. Christian Hazard 15. Morgan Boyle 16. Jai Whitbread 17. Leilani Latu 18. John Palavi 19. Darius Farmer 20. Jaxson Paulo 21. Kai O'Donnell 22. Ben Thomas 23. Ioana Seiuli 24. Kea Pere 25. Treymain Spry 26. Jacob Hind



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