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Gold Coast are unlikely to contest their $5000 fine over coach John Cartwright's inappropriate approach to a video referee, but deny there was any malice in the incident.
The club has five days to respond to the breach notice handed down by the NRL, but Titans chief executive Michael Searle has indicated the fledgling club will likely cop the fine and move on. Cartwright questioned video referee Steve Nash at halftime of the Titans' loss to Manly at Brookvale Oval on Sunday over the awarding of the Sea Eagles' opening try.
Searle says Cartwright admits he breached NRL rules in speaking to the video ref. But says the club is keen to clear up any misconception that Cartwright approached NASH in an aggressive matter or barged into the video ref's box.
Long-time playmaker Brent Sherwin and New Zealand international Ben Roberts are both vying for the Bulldogs number seven jersey after Sherwin made a solid return to the NRL against Parramatta on Sunday with Roberts resting.
Still on halfbacks, and Allan Langer has endorsed champion playmaker Darren Lockyer moving into the Broncos' number seven jumper.
Lockyer fed the scrums and shifted into first receiver in Brisbane's morale-boosting 20-16 win over Newcastle on Sunday night. It was a preview to what some believe could be another positional switch for the one-time fullback.
Langer, who played 288 games for the Broncos at halfback, says Lockyer would be more involved at halfback which could help the team.
The former Parramatta and Manly halfback joined the Auckland-based club this year on a one year deal and has appeared in all five games to date.