Never one to take a backward step, Titans lock Tino Fa'asuamaleaui has watched Queensland derbies from afar, but can't wait to be a part of one this Friday night.
“Watching the Queensland derbies last year, they’re always fiery and the boys will be up for it,” Fa'asuamaleaui said.
“It will be very fiery and I can’t wait to get amongst it."
'Big Tino' grew up supporting the opposition, but there will be no worries about where his allegiances lie now, after moving onto the Melbourne Storm before joining the Gold Coast Titans ahead of season 2021.
“The Broncos were my team growing up. I supported them.
“Since I was 11 or 12 I was in their development squads on the Sunshine Coast until I was 16 and I made my way down south," he said.
“I thought it’d be a good opportunity to go down there and be under Craig and (Cameron Smith) and the older fellas down there.
“It was the best move I’ve made. I learnt a lot from them and am learning a lot here too.”
Asked about the round 1 match against the Warriors, Fa'asuamaleaui could see a lot of positives the side could take out of the first round loss.
“There’s a lot of things to work on and a lot of good things we can take out of that game,” he said.
“We need to improve our discipline and little areas in defence. We will come out better this week and hopefully get the win.
“We all shied away from what we’re good at and didn’t really use that on the weekend. We know what we need to do and will hopefully use it this week.
“We don’t see it as too much pressure, that’s what everyone else is saying. It’s good pressure and motivation for us to show everyone what we’re made of and can do.
“We’ve got to get this week right and hopefully get the win.”