Whitbread ready for the Taumalolo challenge

The advice this week will be simple: "Same again, son".

With Jai Arrow named to play for the Maroons in Origin I, Jai Whitbread is likely to start at lock for the Titans on Sunday where he will go up against Cowboys colossus Jason Taumalolo.

The 21-year-old was called into the run-on side late last week when Arrow went down with a quadriceps injury during the captain's run and ran for 102 metres in 35 minutes.

More importantly, he limited the impact of Manly giant Martin Taupau.

Taupau was restricted to 117 metres as the Titans fought back from a 12-0 deficit to win 36-18 and now face a Cowboys team who were 28-16 victors when the same teams met in Townsville only a few weeks ago.

Described by the younger Whitbread as his "toughest critic", Greg Whitbread played 60 games for Canterbury and Gold Coast between 1986-1991 and said his son won't need too many tips to stop Taumalolo on Sunday at Cbus Super Stadium.

"I thought he handled Marty Taupau all right on the weekend. What's the difference between him and Taumalolo?" Whitbread senior asked.

"Maybe a couple of yards quicker and maybe a bit stronger but it's up to him to make the decision.

"I just give him a little bit of advice here and there and tell him what I think but he doesn't say too much.

"He's got the opportunity now, it's up to him to grab it."