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Tino letting actions speak louder than words in first month of top job

The only thing new Titans captain Tino Fa'asuamaleaui feels has changed since getting the 'c' next to his name is doing more media.

The rest is why coach Justin Holbrook chose him to hold the honourable position.

The 22-year-old declared when first appointed captain that he wanted his actions to do the talking to help lead the side... and there's no disputing he's done just that.

Leading the Titans' Dally M tally count with five votes so far, as well as being on top the club's tackle count with an average of 34 per match in his usual 60 minutes on the field each week, it can easily be said he's been one of the Gold Coast's best in the opening month of the competition.

"I don't think much has changed. I've still been myself around the boys and I just want to lead with my actions and make sure I'm doing that at training and on game day," Fa'asuamaleaui said.

"I guess as captain, I've just got more media... that's about it really."

With the help of other senior players, the Origin enforcer has brought a lot more to the youthful side than just fronting the microphone as the skipper, but it's his work-rate, effort and commitment that the rest of the squad are inspired by.

"A lot of the boys have helped, especially our leadership crew like Isaac Liu, Brimmo... they've been helping me out a lot," Fa'asuamaleaui said.

"I don't really want to talk too much. I just want to lead with my actions and that's about it really.

"Those boys then back me up and help me."

His try-saving tackle on David Nofoaluma in the 59th minute against the Wests Tigers epitomises how he wants to be seen by his peers as a leader. 

Tino saves a certain try

"When does it get tough, I want to lead from the front and make sure I'm doing the hard work first, and all the boys will follow," Fa'asuamaleaui said.

"This is something that I've always been doing since I was a kid and I guess that's why I'm captain now.

"I guess that captaincy does push you more to make sure that you're there at the right time to make sure that you're working hard and being there for the boys."

Going down narrowly against the Eels in Round 1, the Titans are out for revenge at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday night, building nicely after getting the two points at home last Thursday.

Although the affair against the Tigers was a little scrappy, the captain was most impressed with his side's defensive effort.

"There's a lot of things that we need to improve from that game, but the best thing is that there were no tries. I know the game was scrappy and that but there was only one try in the 79th minute, so it was good effort from both teams," Fa'asuamaleaui said.

"Attack wise, we need to fix up a lot and we've got to make sure we go to another level with our defence, but there was no tries at the end of the game from our side anyway, which was good.

"We obviously get confidence from that, but we need to make sure we go to another level this week."

The Titans are out for revenge this Saturday night against the Parramatta Eels at Cbus Super Stadium. Secure your seat now.

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