The Titans went into their match with the Wests Tigers a bit skewiff with centre Maurice Blair injured so Dave 'Coaltrain' Taylor covered his spot in the centres and it was a move that looked to pay massive dividends. It was during the Titans 6-22 win over the Tigers that Taylor looked to really enjoy his footy for the first time in ages.
The Coaltrain has always seemed to resent being in the forwards. He may have grown up playing in the halves but he grew into a forward and Taylor never seems to have made peace with that fact. Today, in the centre's, Taylor seemed to be as happy as a pig in muck.
Let Coaltrain play in the backs Carty!
Aidan Sezer opened the scoring for the day after Albert Kelly made an astounding run that was almost Greg Inlis-esque, but where Inglis used brute strength, Kelly used footwork to dance, step, spin and pirouette his way to five metre's shy of the try line. Falloon shot the ball from dummy half to Sezer who did a bit of a spin before crashing over for the first try of the day.
Nate Myles was sent to the sin bin for holding onto a tear-away Martin Taupau but even with a man down for ten minutes, the Tigers couldn't take advantage.
Brad Takairangi impressed as the Titans go-to man in attack and defence. Ryan James also seemed to genuinely terrify the Tigers every time he had the ball.
Albert Kelly was downed after getting a kick away and the fear is he may have fractured his leg. Wretched news for us.
But Paul Carter, our usual fill-in hooker, covered Kelly's place with amazing ferocity and skill. Carter however may or may not be in a bit of trouble after a bit of a wild head-high tackle. The Tigers Tim Simona, however, is guaranteed time on the sideline after a gruesome lifting tackle that made everyone watching cringe in terror.
Anthony Don scored our next try after Carter collected his own charge-down and sprinted off. Carter was careful to draw in two Wests defenders before off-loading to Don who ambled across to score.
Greg Bird crossed for us the final time by pouncing on an Aidan Sezer grubber.
The only way the Tigers could score was through more arse than class, desperate soccering of the ball and a bit of a cock up from Kevin Gordon.
There were two main things to come out of this game. Firstly, maybe it was the way channel 9 shot the game, but from the teevee it looked as though there were more forward passes - by both sides - than an NFL game, are forward passes being called? Secondly: should the NRL consider mandatory send offs for lifting tackles, post Alex McKinnon?