Titans hooker Nathan Peats says fatigue will not be a factor as the Gold Coast look to salvage their 2019 campaign with a late-season surge of success to sign off the year.
The Titans have nine games remaining this season, and are determined to produce their best football after a disappointing loss to Manly during their last start effectively killed off the Gold Coasts top eight aspirations and finals chances.
Peats, only three gam
es back from a long-term pectoral injury, said a kind run with the bye and representative round meant the Titans were refreshed and ready to fire, starting with Friday night’s away trip to Penrith.
Manly was the only game the Titans played in the 28 days between assignments, against the Warriors on 14 June and Friday night’s clash with the Panthers (12 July).
Peats says that leaves the Titans in a better position to be fresher for the run home than many of the teams they will face between now and the Round 25 regular season finale.
“It is better to have the bye later in the year because we have nine games straight,” Peats said. “There are a lot of teams that had the bye four or five weeks ago, and now they have to play a longer stretch home.
“To have the bye, a week on and then another bye, we didn’t really have a lot of players involved in the representative round, so there are no excuses. We should be feeling pretty fresh.
“Obviously there are nine games to go, and we have to try to win as many as we can.”
Peats said erasing the disappointment of the loss to the Sea Eagles would be a driving motivator for the Gold Coast’s trip to Penrith.
“Throughout the year we haven’t found ways to win games,” he said.
“We have been competing a lot of the time, which is pleasing in one aspect and disappointing in another by not finishing off games.
“But the Manly game, we weren’t in it from the get-go, and it was a really disappointing result. We got completely dominated that day.
“It was disappointing for our fans, playing at home and losing that way. It hurts going into a bye but getting away and coming back with a fresher mind has probably helped us a bit and hopefully we can translate that in the Friday night game.”