Ben Barba
Ben Barba

Tryless Barba defends his role with Broncos

PRIZED recruit Ben Barba has played down his frustrating try drought, claiming Brisbane signed him to contribute to the team, not the scoreboard

"I know there's been a bit of talk about not scoring any tries, but really, people don't get paid to scores tries - it is how they contribute to a football team," said Barba, who admitted instigating a recent meeting with Broncos coach Anthony Griffin to get an early review of his form for his new club.

"As long as I am doing my job for the team, there's no pressure. All the pressure is coming from myself.

"It (scoring tries) is pressure I put on myself but if they're not going to come, they're not going to come. If I go the whole year without scoring any, it doesn't really matter as long as I am helping the team in some way."

Brisbane, however, signed Barba on the back of 72 tries in 92 games for Canterbury, and his 2012 Dally M rating as the best player in the game. And there is no doubt the Broncos will need Barba to find some of his old try-scoring magic against the Gold Coast in Friday night's local derby at Cbus Super Stadium.

The Titans, who have won four of their first five games, are sitting pretty on top of the NRL ladder.

Gold Coast will be keen to win for ironman forward Luke Douglas, who after breaking the NRL's record for the longest unbroken streak of games against the Sharks in round one, will reach another milestone this week when he plays his 200th consecutive game.

Titans coach John Cartwright is expected to shuffle his backline for the derby.

Playmaker Aidan Sezer, who missed the 28-26 win against the Storm in Melbourne on Sunday, is due back from a quad injury.

Maurice Blair, who deputised for Sezer in that match, will shift into the centres for Brad Tighe who looks like missing a month after damaging his AC joint scoring a try against the Storm.

Cartwright highlighted the tough job facing his side after flying back from Melbourne and only having three days to prepare for the clash, while Brisbane has had a whole week after playing at home last Friday.

"They've got a fair bit going for them, but we're used to that against them," Cartwright said.



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