Titans’ bye bad timing for star back-rower
4 July, 2017, 12:00 am
AFTER 17 rounds almost every NRL player would be grateful for a six-day break but after spending a month on the sidelines fully fit Titans back-rower Kevin Proctor has told NRL.com he would have preferred to have kept playing.
Three games back after serving a four-match club-imposed suspension for being embroiled in an alleged drugs incident in the hours after New Zealand’s Test loss in Canberra in May, Proctor produced his best game as a Titan in last Friday’s 20-10 win over the Dragons that kept his side’s season alive.
When they come out of this weekend’s bye the Titans will be faced with a scenario of needing to win at least six of their last eight games and will have a determined Proctor in their corner ready to make up for lost time. “To be honest I wanted to keep playing because I’ve had a bit of time off lately but I’ll come back fresh after the bye,” Proctor told NRL.com in the wake of the win over the Dragons.
Numbers don’t show the contribution Proctor made to Gold Coast’s most recent win, his ability to shut down an Dragons attack sent down his side of the field overshadowed by the Titans’ right edge’s work at the other end of the field.
Between Jarryd Hayne, Konrad Hurrell and Anthony Don seven of the Titans’ eight tries in their two wins in succession have come down the right edge but Proctor is more focused on making sure nothing gets through them defensively.