Second spot would be a bonus: Cartwright

The minor premiership may be out of reach but Jetstar Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright says the prospect of a second-placed finish would act as an unexpected bonus for his side heading into the finals.

A win against the fifth-placed Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval on Saturday could elevate the Jetstar Titans (3rd; 36 points) into second spot on the NRL ladder should the Dragons (2nd; 36 pts) also lose to in-form Parramatta on Friday night.

The Jetstar Titans can finish no worse than third but a second-placed finish would guarantee the club a passage through to week two of the finals no matter the result in the club