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Arrow a lock for showdown with Carrigan

Arrow, the Gold Coast’s Queensland Origin star, will play his second game back after returning from a shoulder injury.

 

After picking up the AC injury in round 14, Arrow returned off the bench in last week’s win over the Canterbury Bulldogs, playing 69 minutes in a strong performance.

 

The 25-year-old will be a key player for the Titans and will be looking for a big game against his old team (Arrow debuted for the Broncos in 2016, before moving to the Titans).

 

On the other side, Brisbane’s lock forward is just 35-games into his NRL career but has fast become one of his team’s most important players.

 

Pat Carrigan has started 16 games for the Broncos at lock this year, with his work-rate setting the tone for his forward pack to follow.

 

Carrigan has made 722 tackles and averages 15.4 hit-ups per game, showcasing the work-rate that the 22-year-old possesses.

 

Arrow leads his younger opponent in tackle breaks (30 Arrow, 22 Carrigan) and offloads (15 Arrow, 9 Carrigan) and his ability to create space for his halves and outside backs will again be vital for the Titans.

 

One stat where Carrigan will be looking to catch his older counterpart is in regards to career try’s, with the young Bronco still to cross the line for the first time in the NRL (Arrow has 5 career tries).

 

The two middle forwards could end up being Origin team-mates during their careers and both will have a big role to play if their respective team is to win on Saturday night.