Prop forward Jarrod Wallace knows the test that lies ahead this Saturday night against the Canberra Raiders but he’s loving the challenge every week as a starting front rower at the Gold Coast Titans.
Wallace arrived back home on the Coast in the off-season and since reporting for pre-season duty, the 25-year-old was open about wanting to make one of those front row spots his own.
“That was my aim moving down here to get more opportunity and more minutes,” Wallace said. “I love doing it every week.”
Whilst it’s been a difficult start to the season due to injuries, the Sawtell Panthers junior has been strong in each match this season and is focusing on nailing his role week in, week out.
“I just have to come out every week and be strong in defence and strong in attack. I want to be playing well all the time. We train from November to get ourselves ready to play now and I want to be consistent.”
Wallace knows the challenge this Saturday night starts in the middle and with current Australian representative Shannon Boyd leading the charge, he’s aware that he, along with prop partner, Ryan James, will need to bring their a-game.
“I think we just need to hold the ball. No cheap turnovers, they are what keep putting us under pressure. They love attacking and can score a lot of points as well.
“We need to turn that around and put pressure on them. You have to bring energy. We do have guys out but we have to put our best foot forward and see how we go.
“I’m looking forward to the physical battle. I’m looking forward to going up against (Shannon) Boyd and the rest of their pack.”
Be there to see the forward battle this Saturday night at Cbus Super Stadium as the Titans take on the Raiders. Kids 14 and under* go free and at the family-friendly time of 5.30pm, you need to be there. Get your tickets here and use the code 'Raiderstix'.