Mathers says Titans must give former Saint Holbrook time

Leeds Rhinos Grand Final winning full back Richie Mathers has said his former NRL side Gold Coast Titans must give new boss Justin Holbrook time to build the team in his image ahead of the restart of the NRL season next week.

Mathers came through the junior ranks at the Rhinos to play for his home town club and he talks about his progression at the club and the huge part that full back rival Gary Connolly had on his early career. He recalls the memories of the unforgettable night at Old Trafford when Leeds finally lifted the Super League trophy and just how tough the decision was in 2006 to leave his beloved Rhinos to take his opportunity with the new fledgling Gold Coast Titans side in 2007.

Unfortunately for Mathers, two knee reconstructions book ended his time on the Gold Coast and he talks about why he thinks English backs in particular have found it tough to make their mark in the NRL in contrast to forwards like Adrian Morley, James Graham, Gareth Ellis, Elliott Whitehead, John Bateman and the Burgess brothers.

The NRL season is set to restart ion 28th May and Sky Sports will televise every game live throughout rounds three and four. It all kicks off with a clash between two unbeaten sides in Brisbane and Parramatta. The Broncos will be desperate to avenge last year’s 58-0 semi-final thumping against the Eels.

The following night, fans will be treated to a Queensland derby between the Cowboys and Justin Holbrook’s Titans, before a player who has found himself in the spotlight a lot, Rabbitohs star Latrell Mitchell, will face his former side and reigning premiers the Roosters, as we watch the two bitter Sydney rivals go head-to-head.

Saturday sees St George Illawarra’s new recruit Issac Luke take on his old team-mates for the first time, the Warriors, who have been forced to relocate to New South Wales due to the pandemic.

Also on Saturday, the Wests Tigers play Cronulla, before Melbourne meet Canberra in a replay of the 2019 semi-final.

On Sunday you can watch undefeated sides Penrith and Newcastle go head-to-head, followed by Manly and the Bulldogs.

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NRL Round 3 – live on Sky Sports

Thursday, May 28

Broncos vs Eels, 10.30am

Friday, May 29

Cowboys vs Titans, 9am

Roosters vs Rabbitohs, 10.55am

Saturday, May 30

Warriors vs Dragons, 6am

Sharks vs Wests Tigers, 8.30am

Storm vs Raiders, 10.35am

Sunday, May 31

Panthers vs Knights, 7.05am

Sea Eagles vs Bulldogs, 9.30am