Titans to split hooking duties
Titans coach Neil Henry has indicated that he could split evenly the game-time of his two hookers against Penrith on Saturday after naming Beau Falloon to return in the starting team after two weeks out suspended.
In Falloon's absence Kierran Moseley has played as the predominant hooker, playing 71 and 55 minutes in the past two weeks with back-rower Ryan Simpkins filling in at dummy-half at various stages.
Moseley's enterprising play out of dummy-half helped to create momentum for the Titans through the middle of the ruck against the Broncos and the Eels and Henry gave indication that he will be given plenty of minutes against his former club.
"Whether or not [Falloon] starts or we start with Kierran we'll wait and see but it's likely that we'll just throw Beauy in there," Henry said.
"Kierran's done a good job in the last couple of weeks but maybe coming off the bench will give us some extra impact.
"It could be a time for him to come on and play a role where we know he can get minutes out now but be a bit up tempo for 30 minutes of the game.
"They can sort of share the role and it might go close to 40 minutes each given Beau has been out for a couple of weeks."
Halfback Kane Elgey will play his fourth straight NRL game with Daniel Mortimer not expected back for a further week although front-rower Eddy Pettybourne has taken the early guilty plea on a careless high tackle charge and will miss the clash.
Agnatius Paasi remains under an injury cloud due to a foot injury that kept him from taking part against the Eels last week but has been named on a five-man interchange bench that also includes Simpkins, Moseley, Matthew White and Lachlan Burr.
A rematch with the Panthers just five weeks after being flogged 40-0 in Bathurst in Round 2 gives the Titans a shot at redemption and with the confidence of having scored their highest total since Round 11, 2013 in last week's win over Parramatta.
The Panthers, on the other hand, have as many players in the rehab group as they do on the training paddock but Henry paid tribute to the style of football Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has been able to foster and their ability to keep winning without their best players on the field.
"Ivan's got them filling in out of position but doing a job," he said.
"They're a team and a club that have built some resilience and their standards have been lifted over the last couple of years and they expect to win games now that they perhaps thought were 50/50 in the past.
"They expect to be able to turn up and get the job done so they've got that going for them and that makes them dangerous."