Titans prove too classy for Souths

Despite the game only being a trial, it is still not a score-line that any fan would want their team to be on the end of, but for Souths, after their Charity Shield loss last week, they suffered a bad defeat again.

With some of their star players such as Sam Burgess, Issac Luke and Michael Crocker all missing, Souths were simply out-played and overwhelmed by a rampant Titans outfit led by Greg Bird, and super-sub, Preston Campbell.

In another worrying sign for coach John Lang, Souths second-rower Ben Lowe was injured in the game, which will test the depth of the club, should he miss out on the start of the season.

Perhaps a more worrying sign for Lang however, was that the halves that are under so much pressure this year, and still are,  in John Sutton and Chris Sandow, had no answer for the Titans defence no matter what they tried.

It was a confidence boosting win for the Titans, a team which many believe may drop out of the 8 this year, following the retirement of five-eighth Mat Rogers, and a culmination of other factors.

Based on the first-half form, you would not have expected a blow-out, but it was the introduction of live-wire utility Preston Campbell that turned the game on his head, with Presto scoring two of the Titans 6 second half tries.

“He (Preston Campbell) has to be there, he just bobs up in the right place all of the time,” said Cartwright.

“It’s no coincidence that as soon as he got out there he made two breaks and scored a couple of tries.

“He just has that natural know how of where to be.”

“We had a lot more numbers than Souths and they got a bit tired towards the end of the game but we stuck to it and I think it turned out good.”

For Souths coach John Lang, there were little positives to take from the game.

“We were flat as tacks, terrible,” he said.

“I thought we had a bit of energy last week but we had no energy at all tonight.

“Our halves struggled, our forwards struggled, everybody struggled.

“I reckon there might have been three blokes who looked good at times but we were terrible.

“I can’t believe they’re unfit with all of the training they’ve done.

“You lack a certain amount of match fitness but we were just flat for whatever reason.”

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