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Affiliate wrap: Francis puts name forward in Tweed's one-point heartbreak

Tony Francis has given Titans coach Des Hasler plenty to consider with a vacant wing spot up for grabs, with the young flyer one of Tweed's best in their one-point thriller against the Blackhawks on Saturday.

Coming oh so close to victory with a mere field goal the difference between the two sides - going down 21-20 - Francis put his case for a NRL call-up at the forefront with a strong performance on the wing in the Hostplus Cup clash.

Topping the Seagulls' running metres with 214, he also contributed with a try, line break, four tackle breaks and an offload in his third Cup appearance of the season, having been 18th man on three occasions for the Titans between Rounds 5-7.

Tweed will now have the week off with the bye; meanwhile, the Jets will prepare for a tough task against Papua New Guinea after being outclassed by the Wynnum Manly Seagulls 40-8 at Kougari Oval.

Despite the loss, a number of rising Gold Coast prospects have been given the opportunity to learn and grow ahead of their next progression to the NRL with Jaylan De Groot at fullback and Arama Hau and Seth Nikotemo part of the Jets' back-row at the weekend.

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.