Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Broncos Forced to Shuffle Their Pack; Titans Understand the Pain of Brisbane's McCullough Blow

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Broncos Forced to Shuffle Their Pack; Titans Understand the Pain of Brisbane's McCullough Blow

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Byline: Connor O'Brien Gold Coast Bulletin

GOLD Coast skipper Ryan James knows firsthand how much of a disruption losing your star No.9 can be.

It's a situation that has befallen the Titans' round-22 opponents Brisbane after some Adam Blair friendly fire resulted in a season-ending knee injury for hooker Andrew McCullough.

The Broncos have scrambled to replace their 214-gamer, moving State of Origin representative Ben Hunt from halfback to hooker and recalling Kodi Nikorima to the starting side for the derby showdown on Saturday night.

Hunt will go head-to-head with Gold Coast ace Nathan Peats, whose impact is perhaps best measured by the extent to which the Titans have missed him when he has been absent.

Since he joined the club midway through last year, the Titans have won 13 of 25 matches (52%) with Peats in the side.

Without him, through either injury or Origin duties, their record plummets to 11%, with only one victory from nine starts. …

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