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Team first mentality for firing Fifita

David Fifita just wants to win.

Given a new role in the Titans 32 points to 10 win over the Dragons in round 19, the second rower exploded when injected from the interchange bench after 23 minutes.

Asked by media post-game if he was disappointed to start the game from the bench, Fifita instead talked about the importance of playing his role for the team.

"Justin and the staff they do a good job and whatever they want I'll listen and do whatever is best for the team," Fifita said.

"I'm just happy to do my part and whatever is needed for the team moving forward."

Beau Fermor joined Kevin Proctor in the second row to start the match, with Titans coach Justin Holbrook saying it was a tactical decision to move his pack around.

"I had a few chats with Dave this week, had a think about it and thought it was the best option," Holbrook said.

"There's no need to be playing 80 minutes, it is too hard for back-rowers now.

"I thought the best way to do it was bring him on after 20-25 minutes today and seemed to work well.

"We had our first chance today and it worked well so that's a good sign. The impact that he brings is massive for us, we have to be smart how we use him."

Fifita scored a try and set up Greg Marzhew for another, also having the ball stripped over the line as he looked to claim a double.

In his 57 minutes on the field, he ran for 160 metres, had 13 tackle breaks, 2 line breaks and 5 off-loads in a damaging performance.

The 21-year-old was humble after the win when asked about his strong performance, instead pointing to the players around him.

"It was all Toby Sexton, he was giving me the ball and setting me up.  He did a good job Toby on his debut, he is a really calm player and he listens to me and I listen to him.  Even the boys outside me, Patty Herbert and Greg Marzhew they are strong bodies with strong carries and I just play off the back of them.

"I know I can get better and I've just got to keep improving week by week and keep training hard and building my combinations.

"It's been up and down a bit ... I've just got to keep training hard and keep improving.

"I'll do whatever the team wants and I'll train hard and do my best."

In his first year on the Gold Coast, Fifita leads the competition in tackle breaks (Fifita has 128, Penrith's Brian To'o is second with 98), sits third in off-loads (38) and has 13 tries from his 15 games.

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