All his career Dave Taylor, despite his size, has been gagging to play in the halves or the backline and thatís exactly what happened today during the Titans 8-22 win over the Newcastle Knights in the epitome of the Rise for Alex Round at Hunter Stadium.
Taylor seemed to be as happy as a pig in shit in the backline today and it showed through his work-rate: 19 runs for 221 metres, eight tackle busts, one line-break, one line-break assist, one try assist and a try. Phenomenal stuff from the bloke thatís built like a brick shithouse and two pickaxe handles wide.
James Roberts and Kalifa Faifai Loa were both destructive handfuls against a seemingly lethargic Newcastle side. Roberts set up Anthony Donís try by firing up the back-burnerís and flying through the Knights defensive line before setting up Don. Later Roberts pounced on a Mortimer grubber in goal to put a bow on the Titans victory.
Daniel Mortimer is becoming a great coordinator and playmaker for the Titans but without a permanent and effective halves partner he canít reach his full potential. Brad Takairangi seemed a little lost at 5/8 and quite rightly so: he isnít a 5/8. I can only imagine the enthusiasm the Coaltrain would play with if finally given the opportunity to play in the halves. If Tony Williams can do it at Canterbury, why not Big Dave?
There were several encouraging signs throughout this game and it tells me if we can settle on the right players in the right position that we can win some games. Let Big Dave stay in the backline.
Whatís your idea of the Titans perfect positional team?