Hooker Nathan Peats is looking forward to the Sunday afternoon fixture against the Tigers at Leichardt Oval as he's never actually played an NRL game there himself.

The 128 gamer has spent time at the Rabbitohs, Eels and Titans, all without running on to the hallowed turf.

"I haven't actually played an NRL game there which is odd," Peats said. "It's obviously the return of (Robbie) Farah and it's a very old school venue.

"Mum is an old Balmain girl so she'll be there and it'll be good to play in front of her and her friends."

With the Tigers two points above the Titans on the Premiership ladder, the La Perouse junior is aware of how important this weekend's match is.

"We play sides' that are just above us, in the Tigers and Broncos over the next two weeks.

"We know how important they both are but you need to chip away at it week by week and it starts this Sunday."

After news broke this morning about the hand injury suffered by Bryce Cartwright and the amount of scrutiny he has been put under, Peats was quick to defend his fellow squad member.

"I think people forget that he is still quite young. He's been around for a while and yes he knows that his performances have probably been a little below par but we all have setbacks.

"I remember when I was young and playing at Souths, I got dropped to reserve grade a couple of times but you just need to deal with it and look to improve."