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Jolliffe sets sights on bounce back

Sitting mid-table after the opening month of the season, there is nothing but positivity at Parkwood.

With two wins and three close losses - twice against the red-hot Eels - to start the Titans' 2022 campaign, there's plenty of good vibes among the group with the young roster continuing to grow and learn week-in, week-out.

One player really enjoying his footy at the moment is Jaimin Jolliffe, who has been a consistent workhorse off the pine in the middle third of the field.

"We're actually really good. We've got a close group and we're positive. Obviously it was disappointing to lose, but we put up a good fight," Jolliffe said.

"There's a lot of areas we can improve and a lot of lessons we can take away.

"We're optimistic for the next few games and I think we can really bounce back and go on a run."

Typically running for 80 metres a game across his usual 35-40 minute stint, it's the 25-year-old's defence that should be most talked about, with an incredible 98 percent tackle efficiency and average of 26 tackles per game.

"Our defence for the most part has been pretty good I think," Jolliffe said.

"We do concede a few metres. Obviously on the weekend in the first half, I think we had probably 35 percent of possession which leads to a lot of fatigue, but you know that if you can turn teams away and limit their points, you're doing well... but 26 points is too much for our liking.

"But it was a good second half defensively. We really came out firing and got some points there.

"We're disappointed we fell short, but there's a lot of good stuff there to take away from a game like that.

"We're not happy with it. We're not comfortable, so we've got to keep working, but like I said, it's another lesson and we'll keep building."

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A hot topic of discussion from the weekend has been the use of the captain's challenge and with the NRL cracking down on giving away deliberate penalties to utilise the opportunity, Jolliffe said the change is just something his side will need to get used to.

"It's just one of those things... it's like a loophole. It kind of kills the momentum I guess, so the NRL has stepped in and made that rule and we'll just adjust to it," Jolliffe said.

"We know now you can't give away a penalty, so don't do it and if the ref makes a mistake, they're only human so you just have to get on with it. 

"It swings both ways. Sometimes they'll make a mistake against the other team and we benefit from it.

"It is what it is and we'll just need to make sure everyone knows the rules before they go on lay on someone and get sent (to the sin bin)."

The Titans face off against the Sea Eagles at 4 Pines Park on Saturday.

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