David Stuart

Broncos' Gillett has some bad news for the struggling Titans

THE Broncos may be coming off their 14th win of the season and sitting comfortably on top of the ladder, but representative forward Matt Gillett had some bad news for the struggling Titans ahead of Friday night's derby.

After leading wooden spoon contenders Wests Tigers 26-0 at half-time on Sunday, Gillett said the players were extremely disappointed they allowed the lead to be cut to 10 before responding late to win 42-16.

"In the second half we got a bit of a scare there," the back-rower said. "It was good though that we fought back and finished strongly.

"Coming into the back of the year you want to be shutting down teams. That's the thing we do have to work on.

"We let a couple of soft tries in so we will have a look at that and fix that."

They will also have to find a replacement for centre Jack Reed who is set to miss a week for making dangerous contact to the head or neck of Tigers five-eighth Mitchell Moses in the first half at Suncorp Stadium.

Reed, who scored a try on half-time to finish off a brilliant backline move started by playmaker Anthony Milford, will miss a game regardless of whether he makes an early guilty plea.

While Broncos fans are already starting to talk finals, Titans prop Luke Douglas urged his club's suppporters not to get disheartened by the team's disappointing 30-2 loss to the Knights in Newcastle at the weekend.

"Don't lose faith - we haven't given up," Douglas, who ran for 158m and made 38 tackles to be his team's best forward in the loss, said.

"We'll be working hard all this week and on Friday night."

Douglas said it was up to the players to be accountable for their efforts.

"We've got to take responsibility as individuals and make up for our poor performances," he said.

"We get judged on an 80-minute performance each week. It's a tough situation, we've just got to try to rectify that and give our fans a bit of hope."

Meanwhile Parramatta half-back Chris Sandow's season from hell just got worse after he was cited for a grade two offence for a shoulder charge from Friday night's loss to the Bulldogs.

He will miss two games if he makes an early guilty plea, but would face three weeks out if he challenged the charge and lost.

Sandow has been refused his request for an immediate release from the Eels to play for Warrington in the Super League.

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