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'A lot of good things': Tino proud of emerging Titans in Broncos clash

His first game at the helm might have been from the sideline, but Tino Fa'asuamaleaui is one proud captain of the Gold Coast Titans.

Despite the 26-26 draw with the Broncos, the fact the emerging outfit were up 26-8 at the 60 minute mark when a majority of the club's train and trial players got their opportunity is something the new skipper is pleased to see. 

"It was good to see the young boys get out there and get the opportunity after working so hard during the pre-season. There’s a lot of good things that were done," Fa'asuamaleaui said.

"Our scramble defence was very good and our chase downs when the other team made a break.

"It was good to see the little effort things the younger boys are doing and it was great to see them have a crack."

Not only was it the 22-year-old's first game as the side's full-time leader - albeit, not playing - but it was also the first time watching younger brother Iszac get his opportunity in the top grade. 

“I think he was more nervous than him to be honest. I felt sick when I was watching it, but it was good. He went really well," Fa'asuamaleaui said.

“He worked hard, and he got through some tackles and ran hard too.

"It’s good he’s got a bit of an opportunity now, he’s just got to take it with two hands and play well in [Queensland] Cup or wherever really but it was good to see him on the field."

He dreams of one day running out with his brother in Titans colours, representing his proud family.

“One hundred percent that’s the dream to play alongside my brother… that’s mine anyway,
Fa'asuamaleaui said.

“I hope that dream comes true, and it’ll come soon, I guess and we’re out there representing our family and where we’re from."

Ready to play his first match since becoming the captain of the Titans, the powerhouse forward is feeling in tip-top shape, after recovering from an MCL injury suffered at training late last year.

“I’ll be sweet. I just had a bit of swelling but that was about it," Fa'asuamaleaui said.

"It was just more precautionary [reducing training loads], but I’ll be ready for this weekend and ready to play in 30 degree heat.

"I’ll still get treatment obviously to make sure everything is alright but apart from that, it’s ready to go and I’m feeling 100 percent."

The Titans take on the New Zealand Warriors this Saturday at Redcliffe in the final trial ahead of Round 1.

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.