Luke notches another NRL milestone
LUKE Douglas will play his 200th NRL match tonight as he continues his record-breaking run.
The Yamba product has not missed a game since he made his debut for Cronulla Sharks in 2006.
A dislocated thumb that pierced the skin in round one - when he broke Jason Taylor's previous mark on 194 games - threatened to end the streak.
But he turned up the following week and now, fittingly, the Gold Coast Titan's milestone match will be in front of his home fans at CBus Super Stadium in a local derby with Brisbane Broncos.
"When I first started off, I didn't expect to reach 200, so it's definitely something to be proud of," Douglas said.
"Both teams are going pretty good so it should be a big game.
"The Broncos always grow an extra leg when they come up against us and have had the wood on us the last couple of years, so we'll have to come out and match them."
After five rounds, Titans are top with the Broncos third. But Douglas insisted table position was not indicative of his side's form.
After all, the Titans (-9) are the first side since Canterbury Bulldogs in round 16, 1953, to lead the competition with a negative for and against.
"After round two (42-12 loss to Tigers) we were scratching our heads, looking for answers," he said. "We're winning gritty. Two points is two points."