Justin Holbrook is pleased to have banked the first two competition points of the season with a gritty 20-18 victory over the Warriors, but knows not to get complacent of the tough contest ahead in the nation's capital.
With the Raiders returning home after a disappointing loss to North Queensland last weekend, the Gold Coast Titans coach knows they'll be out to seek redemption for their home fans, especially after a strong showing at GIO Stadium in Round 1.
Match: Raiders v Titans
Round 3 -
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
"It was great to get the win and in the fashion we had to win," Holbrook said.
"It was a really hard game and we hung on really well in defence. I'm pleased with that, but it's now time to move on and get focused for what is going to be a tough game down there tonight.
"I think with them coming off a disappointing loss, they're going to be raring to go and we have to make sure we match their intensity."
Although his side had to endure typical warm Queensland conditions for the first hit-out at Cbus Super Stadium at the weekend, the good news is all 17 players got through unscathed and will relish the opportunity play in the cooler Canberra conditions for their first night match of the year.
"We haven't had to change our recovery [due to the heat]. All the boys have just worked to put the weight back on and get the hydration levels up. I think AJ lost four kilos in the game," Holbrook said.
"It's a big ask for players to play in those conditions early in the year, but we got through it and we move on. Footy is never easy, but at least we've got a night game this weekend.
"The game won't be any easier, but at least the conditions will be better for the players, that's for sure."
Match highlights: Titans v Warriors
The Titans coach was happy with how his side defended last week - particularly in the final 40 - and in order to continually improve, he has turned his attention this week to making good fifth-tackle decisions.
"We've got to improve the way we finish our sets. We were really scratchy," Holbrook said.
"We didn't get a lot of good kicks in and we threw some loose passes at crucial stages.
"I thought the Warriors probably played with more control across the two sides - they controlled the game for larger parts, so we've got to get better at that.
"But I was really happy with the scramble defence and the effort to get back to defend the line. I don't think we we would've won a game like that last year.
"There's plenty of good points, but in terms of the footy side, we've got to get a lot better at where we we give the Raiders the ball this week."
Moments in time: KP's day out in Canberra
Despite beating Canberra 44-6 the last time the two sides met and Ricky Stuart's men coming off a lacklustre performance against the Cowboys, Holbrook knows they'll be up for the contest, especially with them returning home.
"They'll be disappointed not to get the win up there and I guess we'll feel the brunt of that physically tonight, which we're well aware of," Holbrook said.
"The fact they're back at home and we had a good win against them last year, so all those factors will be what motivates them.
"For us, we've got to be consistent side this year and turn up. We've also got to play better with the ball and keep defending them."
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