Roberts, Peats in doubt for Warriors clash
Titans coach Neil Henry was unable to guarantee that five-eighth Tyrone Roberts and hooker Nathan Peats would be fit to face the Warriors on Sunday as attention quickly turns to the crucial clash between two top eight hopefuls.
The Titans' 18-all draw with the Sharks at Cbus Super Stadium on Monday night saw them move a point clear of the Warriors, Panthers and Wests Tigers to sit in seventh position and with a points differential that is 34 points better than the eighth-placed Warriors.
With the ranks of hookers at the club decimated by injury Peats was not risked against the Sharks and Henry was non-committal as to whether his hamstring injury will have sufficiently improved to meet the Warriors.
Roberts was unable to take any part in the 10 minutes of extra time against Cronulla due to a knee injury but Henry was confident that it was not of a serious nature.
"I'm not a doctor but he was walking around on it and said he'd hurt it before like that and it had responded quite quickly so hopefully that's good news," Henry said.
"He's hurt it before so it was something he was a bit shocked about but the initial assessment is that it could be OK.
"It's not like he's definitely going to be ruled out."
In the absence of Peats Ryan Simpkins and Cameron Cullen shared the hooking duties against Cronulla but the Titans' No.1 No.9 looks certain to be named when the team for Round 22 is announced on Tuesday afternoon.
"He hasn't run above 50 per cent but certainly we'd say he'd be very close to playing," was Henry's early assessment.
Although taking a point off a team that had been unbeaten since Round 4 is always a good thing it leaves the Titans with the task of still needing to win three of their remaining five games to guarantee a finals berth for the first time since 2010.
Their final two home games of the season are against the Warriors and Panthers (Round 25) while they face the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown in Round 23.
Those three games will have an enormous impact on the final makeup of the top eight and Henry is hopeful that by matching it with the ladder-leading Sharks that his team can finish the regular season strongly.
"We proved that we can match it," Henry said. "We had to hang in, showed some real resilience around our goal-line defence and scramble and we've just got to take that as a positive moving forward.
"We'll take the point out of it. It keeps us up there and ahead of three other teams, for-and-against is still there so in that way we're certainly up there and battling away.
"We had the opportunity to test ourselves against a very good side and we did. We've got to use that as a positive moving forward and work on some edge defence but I think [the character of the team] is right up there with any side I've coached."