As a proud Wagga Wagga boy playing all his junior footy in New South Wales, Saturday's steamy conditions at Cbus Super Stadium was foreign territory for Jaimin Jolliffe.
Although enduring the balmy Autumn sun the Gold Coast had to offer for the 2pm kick-off, fans wouldn't have noticed a dip in performance from the 25-year-old powerhouse off the pine, getting through plenty of work in a solid 39 minute stint in his second game of the season.
This included 27 tackles, 105 running metres and an incredible try-saving effort that prevented Chanel Harris-Tevita from scoring in a pivotal moment of the 20-18 victory.
CHT held up well
"It was obviously pretty hot out there and tough conditions, but I thought the boys dug in well," Jolliffe said.
"We were all there for each other, but it was a bit sloppy at times. We made it hard for ourselves, but we got there in the end and were happy to do it in front of our home fans."
Preventing the Warriors from crossing the chalk in the final 40 minutes - the second week in a row the side has held out their goal-line after the same was seen against Parramatta in week one - the interchange prop wants to build on the positives shown to continually improve as the season progresses.
"There's never the perfect game and we're always looking to get better, so we look at everything," Jolliffe said, speaking after completing the team's weekly review session.
"We try and break it down and see what we can do better. I think that's where we see all our improvement from, looking what you're doing wrong and trying to fix it.
"We did get early points there but we let them back in and made it tough for ourselves at times, but the effort was there and you can always build on that.
"If you don't have any effort, then you don't have a base.
"We obviously have a lot of polishing to do, but I thought the effort shown was a big thing as well as working hard for each other.
"The other things, like in attack and being a bit more tidy and fluid will come soon enough."
Although the side is accustomed to the warm mid-afternoon conditions due to training in such heat and humidity almost everyday - especially in the pre-season, they'll enjoy the cool change GIO Stadium in Canberra will offer when they face off against the Raiders on Saturday night.
"We're lucky enough to get to train in these conditions, so we're probably are suited to it. We're always ready for that time of game, but it'll be good to go down there and it be a bit cooler," Jolliffe said.
"I think it'll be a faster game and everyone will be feeling a bit better for it.
"They'd be pretty disappointed with [last week's game against the Cowboys] and I think especially at their home ground, they’ll be looking to come out and really fix up what they did wrong, so we won't take them lightly.
"We'll look at what they did in that game against the Cowboys, but we know there'll be a different team, for sure."
Match: Raiders v Titans
Round 3 -
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
The 43-game forward also relished the return of AJ Brimson to the side, enjoying his switch to the halves.
"He's just got that X-Factor. He can create something out of nothing and he's a real leader on the field," Jolliffe said.
"We've got a young spine and he's probably the most experienced in it, so when he gets out there, he just leads you around and he's very vocal.
"You never feel lost out there, so it was really good to have him back."
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