James hit accidental, says Titans coach

Gold Coast coach Neil Henry is confident the Titans can successfully argue contact from Ryan James which broke James Tedesco’s jaw was accidental.

The Titans front-rower is facing a one-match ban after being slapped with a grade-two careless high tackle charge over his hit on the Wests Tigers youngster during Gold Coast’s 19-18 win on Saturday.

James will front the NRL judiciary in Sydney on Wednesday to fight the charge which the Titans feel wasn’t careless or malicious.

“We feel that it was unavoidable and accidental contact,” Henry said.

“While the injury is terrible and we feel for James Tedesco, in this situation when you look at the timeframe of hundredths of a second and movement, that’s what it was.

“I think we’ve got a valid argument and we wouldn’t be going there if we didn’t think so.”

Henry denied the suggestion the challenge was merely a rolling of the dice, with James to face a one-game ban whether he’s found guilty or takes an early-guilty plea.

“That’s not even the point, if we thought it was clear-cut that he deserved a week or he deserved two weeks or three weeks, we’d be doing that,” he said.

Regardless of the outcome the Titans head to bottom-placed Newcastle this weekend expecting another win to deliver them closer to ending a finals drought stretching to 2010.

Henry though is urging respect be shown by his charges to the Knights, who are currently on a club-record 15-game losing run.

“They’ll be really keen to get a win,” Henry said.

“It’s a tough place to go and historically the Titans haven’t been particularly good down there.

We had the win up here, round one, but we need to prove we can get away again, get the points, it’s crucial to our campaign.

“We’re not good enough to relax anyway.”

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