Gold Coast coach Justin Holbrook said the way his team handled adversity was the difference between their previous four-game losing streak and their 38-point thrashing of Canberra at GIO Stadium on Saturday night.
After their second-half capitulation last start against Manly, the Titans led from the front and never look seriously bothered as they cruised to a 44-6 victory.
Strangely, the turning point in the game came when David Fifita was sin-binned in the 29th minute for a late hit on Raiders’ halfback Sam Williams. Going a man down seemed to bring out the best in the visitors.
The Titans scored three tries while down to 12 players and were never headed.
“It [going down to 12] didn’t help us but we didn’t let it affect us and we’ve been working really hard at things like that, overcoming adversity or changing momentum which we haven’t been able to do well in the past,” Holbrook said.
“We got it right tonight and handled it well tonight as a team and defended well as a team and we had to.
“We’ve been guilty of not handling things well and trying to change things ourselves and today we stuck together, and a number of players played as well as they could.”
“It was an extremely important game for us (against Canberra), for us to get the two points and play as well as we did, we had to get a bit of credibility back for our club and our fans and I think we did that tonight.
“Prior to last week (against Manly) we nearly done Melbourne and we nearly beat the Roosters so we were there and we thought we were in a good position against Manly and then we got blown off the park, so it was important for us to come down here tonight and play the way we did.”