Morning wrap

Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah has confirmed winger Michael Crockett had been charged with sexual assault following an alleged incident in Sydney on August 6.

The investigation stemmed from a woman's complaint of sexual assault to Redfern police.

Crockett, last week strenuously denied the allegation, flew to Sydney today to be formally charged before being released on bail. Scurrah says there would be no further comment because the matter was now before the courts.

Crockett is due to return to training with the Vodafone Warriors tomorrow afternoon.

Cowboys coach Graham Murray says he never lost faith that his side could get the points even when they trailed 26-16 with less than five minutes to play, Murray claiming his star duo were the difference between the two sides.

The win came at a cost though with Steve Southern suffering a shoulder injury and fellow backrower Sione Faumuina facing a suspension for a high tackle on Penrith hooker Luke Priddis.

Meanwhile, Gold Coast co-captain Scott Prince says failure to secure a finals berth in the Titans' inaugural season will be an unsatisfactory result for the newcomers.

While many have heaped praise on the Titans for staying in finals contention despite a crippling injury toll and lack of player depth, Prince and coach John Cartwright say they will be disappointed if they miss out on September action.

The Titans face a huge challenge in winning their remaining three matches - against the Sydney Roosters, Cronulla and Melbourne - to sneak into the top eight.

Elsewhere, Reni Maitua says the Bulldogs have enough firepower to win the premiership even if injury strikes down in-form Kiwi superstar Sonny Bill Williams.

Williams is enjoying career-best form at the moment, scoring his first NRL hat-trick against Canberra last Sunday. But Maitua says the Dogs are not a one-man team and with Willie Mason, Willie Tonga and Matt Utai due back before the finals he believes they have enough class to be serious premiership contenders.

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