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'It's the Māori blood in me': Culture a big influencer for Herbert

One of Patrick Herbert's biggest motivators on the field is his Māori heritage.

The Gold Coast centre had a heroic performance in defence for the Titans against the Eels, keeping out his opposition number with a mighty effort, much like when he represented this cultural heritage earlier this year.

"It's just the Māori blood in me. This is who we are as people. We like to be hearty in defence," Herbert said.

"I think it's also credit to everyone else around me doing their job. It makes my job a lot easier and I can zone in."

Clark and Herbert lead Maori haka

Whilst the stats sheet might only read 12 tackles in the recent clash, it was the impact and influential moments Herbert was involved that got the Legion on their feet, cheering at the 25-year-old's energy and aggression whilst defending the edge.

"I'm a physical person at training as well, so I think it just transfers over to the field," Herbert said.

"That's not really a mindset. I think it's just a bit of a carry-on."

Herbert will reunite with close friend Greg Marzhew on the right for this Saturday's clash against the Sea Eagles and has been impressed with the impact the 13-game flyer has made, especially coming out of yardage.

"I think that's the modern day winger... everyone doesn't give them enough credit for the work they do because those are the hardest carriers to do," Herbert said.

"You've got a whole team of 13 on the other end waiting to smash you when you're 10 metres out from your own line, so Greg's carries have been massive for us.

"I think now that he's got a spot, he knows his job so it's a lot clearer for him and that's all he needs."

"He just needs to run hard and tackle hard and he's great at it."

The outside back was also appreciative to see a large crowd of spectators down at Parkwood watching the Titans train in preparation for their Round 6 match-up at Brookvale, hoping to get the win for all the members and fans who have showed their support in the opening month of the competition.

"The kids are on holiday and it's great they're using their spare time to come watch us train," Herbert said.

"It's a good sign for for our community and for ourselves.

"We've battled the Eels twice now... they're a red-hot team and we came close both times, but we got to start getting some wins together and I hope it starts this week."

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.