The Titans will be looking to make it back-to-back seasons with an undefeated record in the Macca's Local Derby against the Brisbane Broncos when the two sides clash at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
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Gold Coast Coach Justin Holbrook knows that these games carry extra importance for fans of the two Queensland clubs, but says his focus is solely on making sure his side performs to their potential.
"It's our biggest derby game and we've been good enough to win the last few so we want to keep that happening," Holbrook said.
"The more you win the more the opposition get keen to change that so we're well aware what is coming tomorrow and we've just got to be better than them."
Titans co-captain Kevin Proctor was put through his paces in the team's Captain's Run, with the second rower appearing to have overcome a knee complaint.
Holbrook says there is plenty of depth waiting in the wings, with Beau Fermor's strong performances in the Intrust Super Cup meaning that he is pushing for a spot in the team.
"We'll have a check with KP today and see how he is travelling," Holbrook said.
"He (Fermor) is playing great.
"Very similar to Sam McIntyre, he played fantastic for Tweed (Seagulls) for two games and was their best player and Beauy last week for Burleigh scored three tries and had a great game."
Asked about his team's attack, Holbrook says he was pleased with how the team is progressing despite a last start loss to South Sydney. He did highlight that there will be a focus on defence against Brisbane.
"I'm really happy with our attack that's for sure, so we've just got to continue on that path but fix our defence.
"We're scoring enough points, I think we've only had the one game we struggled so we're going ok there but we've just got to keep improving."
After a hat-trick of tries in his last start, David Fifita sits as the Titans leading try scorer for 2021.
Holbrook says he expects his second rower to continue his hot form against his old team, but says there are plenty of other threats with the ball for the Gold Coast side.
“The crowd won’t bother him (Fifita) because he is such a good player but obviously the Broncos will be doing their best to stop him and we’re aware of that but we just need to keep the focus on ourselves,” he said.
"I think there is enough pieces of the puzzle or players in motion and that is why we are getting Dave to have the effect that he is having."