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"You either win or your learn and on the weekend we definitely learned something about ourselves."

Titans co-captain Jamal Fogarty says while the result against Manly wasn't ideal, the team will learn some key lessons and will prioritise hard work in the lead up to Friday's clash against the Rabbitohs at Cbus Super Stadium.

"We've got to put in the hard work during the week and we've got to roll out gameday and make things happen," Fogarty said.

"We can't think that things are going to happen easily for us, we've got a bit of hard work to do this week and then we will continue that process for the whole season.

"What we put together (against Manly) was pretty poor.

"I think they just had more intent and purpose with and without the ball.

"We haven't shown any signs of that in the whole pre-season and during the week ... everyone was just that one or two percent off and it showed across the whole park.

"We were coming off a good win and probably thinking things are going to work again without putting in the hard work and that's probably the thing that was missing.

"It's a good reality check for us, especially coming up against Souths this week.

"We've got a short turnaround which is good for us, we don't have to dwell on it."

Fogarty says he expected all players to put in an improved performance, with competition for spots demanding that players keep high standards.

"We've got great depth at the club now and we all know that the coach isn't afraid to drop people," Fogarty said.

"So for those that are playing in the 17 each week, it's making sure we are doing our job and making sure we are executing because there are guys behind us that will take our jersey and we probably won't get it back if we give them a chance.

"It's good for us as players to know that if we have one or two bad games then that (being cut) could be a result and that is him (Holbrook) trying to make us be accountable and put our performances together and be consistent.

"We've got to bounce back this week and put in a good team effort."