Raiders will be tough: Prince


Gold Coast skipper Scott Prince says the Titans will have overcome Canberra’s monster forward pack if they are to get a result at Skilled Stadium this weekend.

The Titans go into the match off the back of a resounding 18-0 victory against North Queensland while the Raiders fell to defeat at home to Melbourne.

But the Green Machine showed enough in that game to give them hope of toppling the Titans on Saturday, according to Prince.

“They’re a big physical team and I thought they were a little bit unlucky not to scrape away with a win against the Storm last week,’’ said Prince.

“They’ll take a lot of confidence out of that game and we know we have to play well to beat them.’’

“They’ve got a very big physical forward pack. They rely heavily on their big men and also Josh Dugan at the back.

“He’s one of their dangers that we’ve pin-pointed along with the halves in Josh McCrone and Terry Campese, being back into the fold.

“They’ve got a few tricks up their sleeve but it most definitely starts in their pack.’’

For Titans coach John Cartwright, stopping Raiders full back Josh Dugan will be the main challenge.

“You’ve just got to try and give him the ball where he least likes it – that’s coming off his own try line,’’ said Cartwright.

“There’s no one in the game that likes to bring the ball out of there.’’