Brimson Origin gamble leaves Titans short

Injured AJ Brimson has been ruled out of the NRL clash with the Sydney Roosters.
Injured AJ Brimson has been ruled out of the NRL clash with the Sydney Roosters.

The decision to risk AJ Brimson as a utility for Queensland has come at a cost for Gold Coast, with the fullback ruled out of Saturday's NRL clash against the Sydney Roosters.

Brimson, who has been battling bone bruising on his knee, only featured for 15 minutes in Wednesday's State of Origin opener in Townsville as the Maroons slumped to a 50-6 defeat.

Titans coach Justin Holbrook said while he had no issue with the Maroons risking Brimson, the 22-year-old was too sore to face the Roosters at CBUS Super Stadium.

"His knee's obviously not a hundred per cent," Holbrook said.

"They (Queensland) made a call.

"He only had to do a small job, that they were confident he could do.

"It's too short a time for me to try and get him to back up and play fullback."

Brimson's absence means youngster Jayden Campbell will retain the No.1 jersey after his debut against Melbourne last weekend.

Fellow Maroon Moeaki Fotuaika will sit out Saturday's game after accepting a one-game ban for a grade-one dangerous contact charge on NSW's Latrell Mitchell in Wednesday's hiding.

Holbrook is however hopeful David Fifita and Tino Fa'asuamaleaui will feature despite the latter copping a painful shot to his ribs against the Blues.

While Gold Coast's Origin fullback is sidelined, Roosters coach Trent Robinson has indicated that Blues captain James Tedesco will back up after his starring role for NSW.

"At some point, we will (rest him), once it accumulates a bit more but we expect him to back up early and once he needs to get a bit of time off he will," Robinson said.

Young halfback Sam Walker is also expected to feature after being rested for the 44-16 win over Canberra two weeks ago.

"I felt like he did need it," Robinson said.

"It allowed him to basically get over the ankle and shoulder injuries he had been carrying and get back to the full week's training that he did this week."

The Roosters head to Queensland having won eight of their past 10 matches against the Titans, including six straight going back to 2016.

Australian Associated Press