With what is a tough NRL draw to come for the Gold Coast Titans in their quest to make the finals, it is something that does not phase coach John Cartwright, who says the club’s destiny is now in their own hands.
His comments come on the back of a comfortable 36-6 win and ends the Titans recent 4-game losing streak, as they look to build on what was a solid display from them overall.
It was not the Titans side you would have expected to see with David Mead at fullback and Ashley Harrison at five-eighth, but it was one that did the job, as they blew the Tigers off the park.
The win moves the Titans into ninth and they are now just one point outside the eight, though the hard games begin next week when they face last years grand finalists, the Canterbury Bulldogs.
That is then followed up by tough games against the New Zealand Warriors, the North Queensland Cowboys, the Melbourne Storm and the Sydney Roosters.
Despite what is to come for his side in the last few rounds, however, Cartwright says he is not daunted by the task ahead of his side.
“One thing you can guarantee is if Viagra Online we win the majority of our games we’ll be there,” he said.
“Whilst we’re out of the eight, I still feel it’s in our hands.
“We’ve got a really hard run but the way I look at it is it’ll galvanise us on the way through. If we can sneak a few and start to get a few guys back, confidence will return.”
The one sour thing about the Titans win was Greg Bird put on report for what the referees deemed as high contact, but Cartwright believes that Bird has no case to answer.
One player that did shine and play well after a previously inconsistent season so far, was Ryan James, in a performance that pleased Cartwright.
“That was his best game for a long, long time,” Cartwright said.
With the Titans enthusiasm well and truly there for all to see, Tigers coach Mick Potter admits that his side could not keep up with it.
“The other team simply executed their plays better and just rolled down the field far too easily,” he said.
“We accommodated them with penalties and mistakes. It’s been the sign of the times in the past four weeks.”
3. Ryan James
2. David Mead
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