Hooker Nathan Peats has today asked his fellow team-mates to ‘get up for the game’ when the Titans tackle the Broncos in the local derby at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday.
The Titans left their home ground disappointed last Sunday after failing to lift for a must-win match against the Wests Tigers and the La Perouse junior is at a loss as to why the side manage to lift against the top teams but struggle against the sides lower than them on the ladder.
“We’ve got up for all the big games so far this year,” Peats said. “We beat the Storm and defeated the Sharks twice so there isn’t an issue with being able to take on the top teams.
“It was a close one last time against the Broncos as well, it was just the Matt Gillett charge down in the final two minutes.”
The Broncos head to Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday without a key member of their squad, with hooker Andrew McCullough ruled our for the season due to a knee injury suffered last week. Regular halfback Ben Hunt has been shifted to the number nine jersey but Peats believe there might be few Broncos that spend time in the position.
“I don’t think he’ll play 80 minutes there. I’ll think they’ll share the role. They’ve got (Kodi) Nikorima there and Benji (Marshall) is on the bench so I think Nikorima might go in there for a bit as well.”
Broncos back rower Sam Thaiday has been spotted at training this week spending some time in the role and NSW hooker doesn’t think he’d let anyone down either.
“I think if he did, he’d just do a basic role and shift the ball. He’s a strong defender and has spent plenty of time in the middle so they’re not going to lose anything there.”