Titans winger Phillip Sami says an embarrassed Gold Coast playing group is determined to repay the faith of the Club’s Members and supporters when they take on the Dragons this weekend in Sydney.
The Titans came home with their tails between their legs after a thrashing by the Roosters on Sunday in a savage blow to the Gold Coast’s hopes of staging a late-season revival to stay away from the dreaded wooden spoon.
While the loss to the Roosters would have been painful enough to digest, the Titans players will today be forced to watch their own version of a horror movie as they go through a video review session to conduct a post-mortem review on Sunday’s implosion at the SCG.
Sami said the players were stunned and still hurting from the loss, and unable to explain why things fell apart given the team has been performing well at training during the week.
But the winger, who spent time at fullback against the Roosters in the absence of the injured Michael Gordon, said the players knew the Titans’ Members and fans were hurting just as much as the 17 players who took the field on Sunday.
“Obviously it was a very disappointing and very embarrassing match for us,” Sami said. “The main thing for us is to put that behind us and move forward.
“Obviously we have review today, so we have to work out what we’re doing wrong and hopefully put on a better performance against the Dragons this week.”
Sami said Titans Members and fans could expect – and should demand – a better performance from the Gold Coast this week, but said accusations the playing group was not trying or had given up on a disappointing season were wide of the mark.
“They go out of their way to buy their memberships, and it is very disappointing for us to put that performance on,” he said.
“As a player, we are training really hard, it just hasn’t shown on the field yet.
“I think this week’s game is very important for us to show the fans and the members that we are training very hard and that we can put a great performance on.
“Hopefully our Members can stick with us through this tough time that we are going through. I feel we can definitely turn it around. We definitely don’t want that wooden spoon, so this week’s game is very important to us.”