It was a cruel blow for Aquis Titans prop David Shillington, who was pumped up and focussed for his first Titans-Broncos derby, when he had to drop out minutes before kick-off last night.

After hurting a hip flexor in the on-field warm-up, he had to makd a tough decision whether to try to battle through the game or think of the team and not take the risk and allow Lachlan Burr to come into the 17.

He spoke with Luke O'Dwyer after the match.