It's been an up and down start to the year for members and fans to digest but Coach Garth Brennan feels the side is heading in the right direction off the back of what he describes as the side's best defensive effort of the year, last week.

Whilst the Titans went down 10-9, only two tris were conceded, definitely the side's best defensive effort of the season. That is clearly what Brennan's focus is moving forward, for the defensive effort to continue to improve.

"I just want them to continue what they backed up with their defence," Brennan said. "They looked in control last week I think and it was our best defensive match of the year.

"I think they're starting to defend well together. I think there's been a bit of change with their trust, defensively."

Brennan has made his troops well aware that the Raiders will present a very different challenge, then what came to Cbus Super Stadium in round one.

"Absolutely, but one thing about Canberra, they've had more match time so I've got no doubt they're a better team than that. It's always a tough trip to Canberra and I'm expecting no different on Saturday.

"I think they only had the one trial so they've worked into the season and have played well the past few weeks."

Asked if any changes were expected, Brennan explained that there was still a question mark over milestone man, Will Matthews.

"At this point, yes. Will Matthews just needs to see the doctor regarding that concussion but we have a couple of guys there as cover."

Is young gun Moeaki Ftuaika an option?

"He'll travel with us but he only this week came into our top 30. It's his first trip with the NRL so it's a good opportunity to come away with the boys."