Aquis Titans coach Neil Henry is holding out hope that hooker Nathan Peats will be right for the side’s clash with the Cronulla Sharks tomorrow night.
Peats suffered a light hamstring injury in last week’s win over the Parramatta Eels and didn’t train with the team in today’s captain run but Henry will give the crafty dummy-half up until game-day to prove his fitness.
“He’s doing a bit of rehab running today and it’s (hamstring) getting better every day but at the moment he’s in a bit of doubt,” he said.
“We have still got a bit of time but at the moment he’s probably 60-40 against playing. He will be a big loss but we will just have to make do, we’ve had a bit of a curse with our hookers so we’ve got a few out.”
With Nathan Friend (hamstring), Keirran Moseley (appendicitis), Daniel Mortimer (hamstring), Matt Srama (knee) and Karl Lawton (broken leg) all unavailable, utility Ryan Simpkins was named in Henry’s side early in the week and along with Cameron Cullen has been filling in at dummy-half during the week’s training sessions.
“Simpkins is a good defender and has a high work-rate so I suppose our halves will have to take over and our forwards will have to show some leadership around the ruck area if Peats doesn’t play," Henry said.
The Sharks are sitting joint-leaders atop the competition table with the Melbourne Storm and Henry believes the match will be a good indicator for his side as they head into the back-end of the regular season and push for their first finals appearance since 2010.
“They boys will be amped up for a good game against a side that’s going really well and they’re looking forward to it,” he said.
“It’s a really good challenge for us where the competition is now, you’ve got four team on equal points and we need to win to stay ahead of the pack so it’s a good challenge.
“Ticket-sales have been good for a Monday night game which is fantastic so we’ll have a good solid crowd here and there will be a good atmosphere.”
A win will see the Titans join the Brisbane Broncos on 24-competition points and shoot two-points clear of the Warriors, Panthers and Wests Tigers with all six teams vying for a place in the top-eight.
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