Titans coach Garth Brennan has held his final media conference ahead of tomorrow’s match against the New Zealand Warriors and discussed a number of talking points going into the clash.
1. Tyrone Peachey starting in the back row
“We’ll see how that pans out (how long he spends there),” Brennan said.
“He has played a bit of back row in the past. Tyrone’s a footballer, you can put him anywhere and he’s going to do a job.
“He’ll start there, but whether he stays there or not we’ll see how the game pans out.”
2. The importance of going back-to-back
“Every win is important, especially after the start to the year we’ve had,” he said.
“We’re back at home and we’ve been disappointing the last few times. The biggest thing for us is to try and find some consistency.
“The guys have been focused this week on trying to get a bit of a run on. The competition is very close and the boys know that. There’s a real opportunity that if you string a few together you can be in touch with the top eight.”
3. The Warriors’ talent
“They’re a quality football side,” Brennan said. “They’ve got the Dally M Player of the Year at fullback in Roger (Tuivasa-Sheck) and he’s a super talent.
“They’ve got two big wingers who get them on the front foot. They’ve got a good halves combination now in Blake Green, who’s the conductor, and then Kodi Nikorima who’s the spark and livewire out there.
“Then there’s their forward pack. It’s as big and strong as any in the competition. You’ve got some internationals there who are very talented.”
4. Isaac Luke a danger
“I’ve been a big fan of his for a long time,” Brennan said of the Warriors hooker. “He’s someone that I’ve admired as a coach for a long time.
“He’s competitive, he’s aggressive, he’s tenacious - all the things you want in a quality rugby league player.
“I’m sure they’re looking to bounce back and get back on track as well.”
5. The signing of Tanah Boyd
“Tanah’s a Gold Coast product who came through the Keebra Park system,” Brennan said.
“It’s a good asset to bring back to the club. We’ve had some success in bringing some of the other guys back to the club from up the road. Hopefully he can develop into a quality NRL player and that’s part of the reason why we signed him.
“Hopefully he can replicate the Jai Whitbreads, the Jai Arrows, the Keegan Hipgraves, the Jarrod Wallaces who have come back and flourished at the NRL level.”