Titans forward Sam Stone says the Gold Coast playing group has made a commitment to the Club’s Members and fans to continue playing for pride over the closing weeks of season 2019.
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While media outlets have suggested the Titans will struggle to find the hunger and drive to play well over the remaining four games with the finals out of reach, the 22-year-old is adamant the entire group wants to finish the year positively.
“Obviously there is the pride aspect, and there’s plenty of fans around the Gold Coast that want to see us do well,” Stone said.
“You’ve always got to play for them.
“The harder you work, it’s all stepping stones that will help you next year as well.”
Stone was part of the 40-28 loss to the Dragons over the weekend and while it was an improved performance on previous weeks, the 22-year-old knows there is still plenty of room for improvement, especially in defence.
“We were in the game a lot longer,” he said.
“We didn’t get the result, but it was definitely a step in the right direction.
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“It starts in the ruck. We need to slow down the play the ball.
“We also need to focus on first contact, and then we need to get control of the ruck off the back of that.”
Stone has played four games for the Titans since moving north of the border from the Newcastle Knights and while having produced his best match from an attack perspective, the local junior knows he needs to improve defensively.
“Attacking-wise I agree that is was probably the best job I’ve done since I debuted at the Titans, but there are a number of things defensively where I can be better,” he said.
“I’ll sit down with the coaches and have a look at all of that.”
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