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Sexton enjoying studying the game

After stringing together five straight wins to end season 2020, it's inevitable that the Titans will be asked whether the same is possible in 2021.

Halfback Toby Sexton says that now the Gold Coast team is inside the NRL's top eight, they're not planning on letting a finals appearance slide.

"There's no excuses this year," Sexton said.

"I think we've put ourselves in a good position with only five rounds to go and it is in our own destiny where we finish.

"I think we are starting to play some good footy and knowing what works for us and it is just a matter of continuing with that and getting more confidence each week."

Sexton, who debuted in the Titans round 19 win over the Dragons, has notched back to back victories to start his NRL career.

"It's been unreal the last couple of weeks," he told Wide World of Sports radio.

"To have won and had two pretty convincing wins has made it a whole lot better as well."

While impressing in the number 7 jersey, Sexton was quick to praise the performances of his forwards.

"I've been watching them pretty closely all year and I always thought if I got to play a game this year and got to play in behind some of the middles we've got in Tino (Fa'asuamaleaui), Moey (Fotuaika) and Wal (Jarrod Wallace) I thought I'd have a pretty good time."

Sexton made his Intrust Super Cup debut for Tweed Seagulls at the start of the season, but was one of many in the Titans squad who faced life without football as the competition was put on hold.

He says the Titans staff have been able to adapt the training programs for those in the wider squad to make sure they're ready to go should an NRL call-up come.

"Our strength and conditioners do such a good job with us especially because we weren't able to play Intrust Super Cup," Sexton said.

"Throughout the week we were running as many kilometres as what the boys would do in a game and our strength levels were definitely being maintained.

"Justin (Holbrook) and the whole coaching staff would try and incorporate a lot of footy for us boys that weren't playing at the time.

"Physically it wasn't too much different to what I've played before, at Intrust Super Cup you're playing against men so that transition wasn't too bad for me.

"The speed of the game was probably the thing that caught me at the start ... but apart from that, I've found it not too different to what I experienced (for Tweed).

"It's fun playing against some of the boys you idolised growing up and to be able to play against them now is crazy."

Sexton openly describes himself as a rugby league nerd and says that's probably the best way to explain why he plays the style of footy that he does.

"I love footy in general and I love to study everything about rugby league.

"As a halfback I think you've got to be pretty switched on and know a lot of things about the game.

"I study the game a lot and I like to look at the opposition and also the players I've got on my team and look at their strengths and try and see how I can incorporate that into my game."