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Tackling Taylor: Ash says improved defence is pleasing

The Titans equalled the club record for most points scored in an NRL match in their round 16 win against the Canberra Raiders.

For Ash Taylor, that meant little.  It was the defensive performance that pleased the Titans five-eighth most.

"Our whole week at training was based around our defence," Taylor said.

"We've got a lot of strike across the board and we didn't really do much attack during the week, we just worked on our defence and I think it showed on the weekend.

"The boys have put in the work all year but it hasn't been showing on field, we really worked hard on the little things last week and it showed.

"I think if we get our defence right, there is enough strike power in this team to score points from anywhere."

Taylor says he has personally made defence a focus as the Titans look to improve their resistance to opposition attacks.

"I love the contact," Taylor said.

"I've been working hard with the defensive coaches here and the boys to stop those blowout scores we've had in past weeks.

"We are working hard for each other and it showed on the weekend.

"I'm bringing that into my game, bringing effort on effort and I'm working on that at training to put those effort areas in wherever I can.

"I think across the board everyone really stood up and knew their role."

After an extended mid-season layoff to get his body right after being troubled by his hips, Taylor says he is now fit and ready to fire.

"I had a few weeks there to fix my hips up and I've done a lot of work with the physios and the conditioning staff.

"It was frustrating ... I think it took a toll on myself but now I'm feeling a lot better and I've just got to keep working hard."

Off contract in 2021, Taylor knows there will be external focus on his future.

The 26-year-old says he is blocking that out and has a clear purpose over the next few months.

"It's (contract negotiations) not something I'm thinking about at the moment," Taylor said.

"I'm just here to play footy and put my best foot forward for the team and hopefully I can play some good footy for the rest of the year.

"Our goal is to play finals footy so we will do anything and everything to push for that top eight.

"Hopefully we can keep going into next week and it'll be a tough game against the Eels next Friday."