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Curtain Raiser: Battle of the birds to open Cbus on Saturday

Cbus Super Stadium is set for a bumper Saturday of rugby league and entertainment, with the Hostplus Cup to open festivities, before the Gold Coast Titans tackle the Parramatta Eels in the NRL.

Titans' affiliate side, the Tweed Seagulls, will host the Souths Logan Magpies at 3:05pm and both coaches are planning on using the event as a kick start to their finals run. 

"It's a great stadium and the players don't get to play in these sort of arenas very often, so it is a great opportunity for them," Tweed coach, Dave Penna said.

"For Queensland Cup to play before the NRL and for fans to see it, I think it should happen more often."

His counterpart, in Magpies head coach, Karmichael Hunt echoed Penna's sentiment in encouraging more Hostplus Cup at NRL games.

"Super excited. Quite a few boys wouldn't have played at an NRL stadium like this before so for us to come down and play Tweed, we are excited," Hunt said.

"Whether it is Davies Park or Cbus Super Stadium, it is just another game of footy, but we are really looking forward to it (playing before the NRL).

"Bring it every week I say and let 'cup' teams be the curtain raiser every week.

"We will get here early so they can get comfortable and enjoy the experience.

"It is a great experience for the players and also the fans to see the local players play before the big boys."

Both teams have faced some injury setbacks this year but know the role of a feeder club can have those impacts, and with a close competition, finals are within reach. 

"At the end of the day you want to put your best team out every week but sometimes you don't get to do that with the footy Gods," Penna said

"It has been a tough four or five weeks, with a lot of injuries and players out, but it has given opportunities for young guys earlier than we planned.

At the moment we are not really talking about winning and losing, just trying to be consistent and play good footy ... build some combinations again and hopefully get some players back and ideally wins come on the back of that."

For Hunt, his side is just two points outside of the top eight and holds high aspirations.

"I think from fifth to twelfth there is only two points in it, so it is quite a healthy and competitive competition this year, and we have been up and down, but looking to make a run at it from here," Hunt said.

As a coach it is never comfortable (injury and team changes) but you have to trust your players.

"One of the bonuses for us is that we have had players stepping up earlier in the year from injuries to us and the Broncos, so they aren't debuting now at least."

Titans fans keen to watch their players run round can expect to see the likes of Tom Weaver, Oskar Bryant and Iszac Fa'asuamaleui playing for Tweed.

Gates open at 3pm and tickets are available here.

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.