Don set to face Broncos
THREE weeks ago Grafton's Anthony Don was biding his time with Burleigh Bears in the Queensland Intrust Super Cup.
Tonight he will line up for the Gold Coast Titans in an NRL top-of-the-table clash at CBus Super Stadium.
Don was omitted from the line-up for the first three rounds. An injury to William Zillman saw David Mead switch to fullback, allowing the 26-year-old to slot in on the wing.
"It's good to be back playing first grade after a few games in Burleigh," Don told The Daily Examiner yesterday.
"I've been happy with the couple of games so far. Not many mistakes or tries scored on our edge, so it's been good."
Don retains his spot on the wing for a third straight game and was a standout in the Titans' 28-26 win over Melbourne on Sunday.
The 2013 Titans Rookie of the Year made 124m from 12 possessions, but his ability to read the play in defence was equally impressive, as well as an impromptu cross-field kick to set up David Mead under the sticks.
"I thought Boog was probably our best on the weekend," teammate Luke Douglas said.
"He diffused the bombs and is getting really good at reading plays out wide in defence.
"He's a player all the blokes love so he has fitted in real good."
Lining up inside Don on the right side of defence will be centre Brad Takairangi, who similarly started out the season in the second tier for the Bears.
"I like playing with Brad. We played together a bit late last year," Don said.
Teetering at the top of the ladder is an unfamiliar position for the Titans who last reached the finals back in 2010.
Few would have expected tonight's round-six clash with the Brisbane Broncos to be a heavyweight blockbuster.
However Don said being the only side in the competition to win four of their first five games was no reason to relax.
"It's definitely too early to be patting ourselves on the back," he said.
"We haven't been playing the best footy, just been getting away with wins.
"We thought we had to improve last week and we did that.
"We expect the big fellas from the Broncos to come at us through the middle so we'll have to turn up and be physical."
After copping criticism for his try drought so far in 2014, Don said his side had to be wary of Broncos fullback Ben Barba.
"He hasn't been in the best form but everyone knows what he's capable of.
"We just have to present a good kick chase and be aware when he's got the ball."