John Cartwright, who is as master of the poker face, praised Zillman after he stepped up and proved his worth after filling in the big shoes left by Campbell.
The win for the Titans has granted them either another home-semi, or a week off, depending on the week’s other results, but either way, it was William Zillman who was the stand-out in front of a 27,000 strong crowd.
Zillman almost didn’t play after a Brisbane newspaper reported that Preston Campbell was cleared to play, thus making Zillman to almost choke on his cornflakes yesterday morning.
Those rumours were quashed quickly by coach John Cartwright however, and Zillman repaid the faith with a stellar two-try effort for the Titans.
It was another incident however that Zillman is receiving plaudits for. In the 64th minute with the game in the balance, Zillman dived on a spilt ball from the Warriors effectively making it the turning point of the game.
â€œIt was really critical when Zillman scooped up that spilt ball when they were coming to get us,â€ Cartwright said.
â€œHe saw the ball on the ground and attacked it – it was a real sign of confidence.
â€œThat gave us a lift when we needed it.
â€œHe was man of the match by a long way.â€
Cartwright is now faced with a selection dilemma for the Titans next game however with Preston Campbell expected to be fit for that game.
I am just going to enjoy the win tonight – we don’t even know when we are playing next,â€ he said.
Zillman however offered to relinquish his spot to make way for Campbell in a true act of mateship at the Titans.
â€œHe (Campbell) is an outstanding player and the team is better with him in there – he is a freak,â€ Zillman said.
â€œIt would be great if he came back – he would certainly boost the team.â€