At the halfway point of the season and as the Titans head towards 'Superhero Saturday' this weekend at Cbus Super Stadium, Jamal Fogarty spoke to the media at Warner Bros. Movie World, surrounded by some of the Superheroes that will be at the game this weekend.
The Titans performed strongly against a Melbourne side on a 10-game winning streak but weren't able to take the points.
With a big crowd expected at Cbus Super Stadium this weekend, the side will look to bounce back and Fogarty said he and his teammates want to make the most of the opportunities they are presented this weekend against the Roosters.
It was a strong performance against Melbourne without getting the final result, how do you reflect on that game?
Yeah, I think our review showed that as well. We didn't just watch edges and middles, we watched the whole game back as a group and we spoke about the positives which was pretty much 70 minutes of football from our end. There was a couple of lapses there where we went away from what we wanted to do and they were the negatives. I thought we did enough that we should have won the game but in the end we didn't and that one really hurt. Whatever we did last week individually and as a club we've got to prepare the same way this week for the Roosters and put in a good performance.
As a group, how have you spoken about the missed opportunities?
BK (Brian Kelly) is a bit shattered obviously. There were areas in my game that I should have done better as well and I'm disappointed in what I dished up. It's definitely not all on Brian, there were 17 of us playing footy each week and we've all got to take accountability and we want to get better this week for the Roosters.
How much confidence do you take from that game into this weekend?
Execution is actually something we probably have been doing for the last few weeks and then our defence has let us down but for some reason on the weekend it flipped. Our defence was awesome. We had good intent and a bit of mongrel about us. We've just got to replicate what we did last week but find a better balance with our execution and hopefully we can get the win against the Roosters.
You mentioned mongrel and there was aggression in defence. What was the catalyst for that?
We spoke about that in the pre-season and that's the team that we wanted to be. We've shown glimpses of it throughout the year and we've shown glimpses of being terrible as well. I think a couple of fresh faces in the team, those guys had been plying their trade in the Intrust Super Cup for the last couple of weeks and they felt energised. Obviously we had a bit of pride to play for as well after last week (against the Sharks). We had a couple of NRL debuts and a Club debut as well and I think the fresh faces and people being energetic and having that effort to show pride in our defence (made a difference).
State of Origin game one tonight, what are you expecting?
I'm a Queenslander mate! Hopefully our boys (David Fifita, Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, AJ Brimson and Moeaki Fotuaika) can put in a good performance. They've been in great form for us. In saying that, New South Wales have a great squad there as well. I'm just excited for the game and being in Townsville it's going to be a bit different, so I just can't wait to sit on the couch and watch the boys rip into each other.