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Brimson: Selfless footy driving Titans finals charge

Now they are inside the NRL's top eight, Titans fullback AJ Brimson says they have no plans on dropping back down the ladder.

After successive wins against the Dragons and Bulldogs, the Titans face the North Queensland Cowboys in round 21 and are looking to make it three wins in a row.

Jumping to seventh on the ladder after defeating Canterbury, Brimson says the side knows they have their finals destiny in their own hands.

"At the moment we are going alright because our for and against is better than other teams," he said.

"At least now we are in a position where if we keep winning we can stay in there.

"At the end of the year I think there will be teams around the eight on the same premiership points.

"Justin has been big on it all year, even if we are losing we need to compete until the 80th minute because you never know how much saving one try or scoring one try at the end of the game can add up."

The Titans face the Cowboys, Rabbitohs, Storm, Knights and Warriors over the next five weeks.

Brimson says he believes that the team is warming into it's best football.

"I think, unfortunately it happened late, but everyone now knows their role," he said.

"It's sharing the workload, positioning and little things like helping each other out and those selfless things.

"It's what we were doing at the end of last year.

"It is just trying to play selfless.  

"We haven't been at our best this year and if that (game against the Bulldogs) was the last round we would be playing finals.

"It gives us confidence that we can be playing bad footy and still be in the mix ... we don't have to rely on any other teams now if we keep winning we will stay in the eight so that's a positive."

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With Toby Sexton having played two great games to start his NRL career, Ash Taylor finding some strong form and co-captain Jamal Fogarty returning from a finger injury, Brimson says the competition for spots in the spine is sparking all players into playing their best.

"I wouldn't want to be in Justin's position, but that is why he is the coach," Brimson said.

"It is a good problem to have, it is kind of cliché, but it is a good problem to have knowing that you've got people fighting for spots especially at this time of the year when a lot of teams have injuries.

"It's a good time of year to be having rivalry and competition."

While the Titans attack has fired for most of 2021, Brimson says hard work on the defensive end is starting to reap rewards.

"I think we are assessing the defence rather than going out like bulls and jamming which can sometime make the decision for the attackers.

"Rather than rushing in to try and shut it down, we are allowing our inside to work and we are trying to assess it as much as we can on the edges to make our decisions."