Do It For Mini!

Anthony Minichiello - Sydney Roosters
Mini is winding down on an illustrious career. Image courtesy of / Gregg Porteous

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Roosters v Titans

Allianz Stadium

Monday August 11 – 7:05 PM (AEST)




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If the Roosters  make it to the Preliminary Finals this year, skipper Anthony Minichiello will become the most capped player in the club's history. “Mini” has called an end to his illustrious career which spanned 14 years, and included two premierships, 11 games for NSW, 18 games for the Kangaroos, a Dally M 'Fullback of the Year' award (2004) and a Golden Boot award (2005). If the chooks weren't motivated enough to chase back-to-back premierships, Mini's mid-week news should, as he is a very popular player. And with all this extra emotion at Bondi, the Gold Coast Titans need to bring their A-game on Monday night or face the prospect of being run over by revved up Roosters.

Injury has plagued Mini at times, but he has continued to overcome adversity and return with a bang. After playing only 33 games between 2006 and 2009, the first full year back the Roosters made the Grand Final. Last year, he steered the ship from the back and lifted the trophy in October. The rest of the squad will look to send the captain out on a high note, which can only mean bad news for teams they face in the next month. Coach Trent Robinson has been forced to make yet another change to his side, with Heath L’Estrange starting at hooker for the injured Jake Friend (hamstring). Mitchell Aubusson, Kane Evans and Kurt Kara make up an extended bench.

There are a few teams whose season hangs in the balance this weekend - the Titans are one of them. Lose this one and they can pretty much start booking their end of year trip. Against the Cowboys last week they were simply outplayed. They failed to build any real momentum, and when they did, they bombed the opportunity close to the line. The resignation of inaugural coach John Cartwright is not what the team needed at this time of the season. But with veteran coach Neil Henry taking over, they are at least in very safe hands. Will Zillman makes his return to fullback in place of David Mead, who is out with a hamstring injury, with Kevin Gordon heading back to the wing. Kalifa Faifai Loa jumps onto the other wing in place of Brad Tighe (hamstring) and Luke Bailey starts up front. Cody Nelson has been named as 18th man and Aiden Sezer could be a late inclusion.

With six wins from their past seven outings at Allianz Stadium, the Chooks are finding some blistering form, especially with the return of classy centre Michael Jennings. If he can continue on from last week's two-try effort, it will be lights out for the Titans.

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