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Titans halves look to replicate Thurston

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/03/2017 Mitchell Van Homrigh

Johnathan Thurston © Getty Images Johnathan Thurston As far as role models go, replicating the style of likely rugby league Immortal Johnathan Thurston is as good as it gets.

And that's exactly what Gold Coast playmakers Kane Elgey and Ash Taylor are doing - the young Queenslanders to play just their fifth game as a pairing against the Warriors on Sunday.

Thurston's extraordinary skills and smarts will see him go down as one of the game's greats, but it's his roaming qualities that have caught the eye of the Titans duo.

While the halves have been working on their combination in the middle to help set the structure for the team, they are also keen to pursue opportunities to ad-lib where they see fit.

"We did it against Parramatta, that got us a few tries through changing things up and working together," Elgey said on Friday.

"I like to roam the field so it's good when he (Taylor) can take control, rather than just being a halves who just play on the just left or right, it's much better when either of us roam and the other follows."

The influence of the two halves hasn't been lost on their Titans teammates, Konrad Hurrell says where Elgey and Taylor go, Gold Coast follow.

"We expect them to lead the team again tomorrow," Hurrell said.

"We just follow through what they need us to do, the whole team needs to play good but they put the right structure in place and we just need to follow that up."

The Titans have a golden opportunity to get their season back on track on Saturday when they take on the Warriors, ahead of a tough fortnight against Canberra and local rivals Brisbane.

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