‘Already sooking’: Teammate’s crack at rested Ash Taylor

Ash Taylor pulled up sore after starring in the Titans’ Round 1 win.
Ash Taylor pulled up sore after starring in the Titans’ Round 1 win.

TITANS halfback Ashley Taylor has been placed on a modified training program ahead of Saturday's clash with the Warriors in New Zealand after his 'wellness flagged' following Sunday's astonishing round-one win over Canberra.

Taylor was a notable absentee from Wednesday's lengthy session that will likely serve as the primary run for the week while centre Konrad Hurrell was also issued an early mark to ensure he recovers fully in time for the Warriors.

The 'wellness' lexicon is a relatively new addition to the rugby league language with players entering information as to how they are feeling both physically and mentally into an app that is monitored by the sports science staff.

The Titans are being careful with Ash Taylor’s conditioning.
The Titans are being careful with Ash Taylor’s conditioning.

If something presents that suggests a player might be susceptible to further injury it is flagged by the medical team who advise the coaching staff as to how much physical load a player should be subjected to in training that week.

After complaining of hamstring tightness in the 30-28 win over the Raiders, Taylor was spared the field session on Wednesday but along with Hurrell is not believed to be in any doubt about taking their place in the side on Saturday.

"I think he's got a little 'heartilage' problem," was Titans forward Jai Arrow's unsympathetic evaluation of Taylor's injury concern. 

"One game in and he's already sooking.

"The coaches just rested him. His wellness didn't pull up too well so they said, 'We'll rest you today and get you ready for Friday's captain's run.'

"I'm sure he will be all right."

Ash Taylor reels in a Raider.
Ash Taylor reels in a Raider.

Back-rower Will Matthews was slightly more sympathetic to Taylor's plight, particularly after he laid on four try assists last weekend and engineered the equal greatest comeback win in Titans history.

"He's just a little bit sore from the game, a few bumps and bruises," Morgan said.

"They just did a modified session indoors to try and keep him off his feet.

"I thought he had some really good touches, really classy player.

"He's great to play alongside, he's got a good kicking game, good skills so he's definitely going to be key to our success this year.

"You could tell as the game started to swing in our favour he stood up really good and put on some nice touches and helped us get the momentum back."

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