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Round 2 redemption: Boyd motivated to bounce back against Dragons

By his own admission, Tanah Boyd had a tough night out in Kogarah against the Dragons, battling breezy and tumultuous kicking conditions which troubled the Titans playmaker.

But ahead of his rematch against the Red V this Easter Sunday at home, the resilient 23-year-old wants to continue adopting the 'what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger' philosophy, which has helped the former Australian Schoolboy bounce back as the Coast's chief in the No. 7 jersey.

Helping clinch a gritty 38-34 win at Cbus Super Stadium with a number of deft touches, despite getting batted and bruised by the Melbourne forward pack, before trying his absolute best as the sole commander in chief in a injury-ravaged visit to Townsville a fortnight ago, that fateful outing has poured more fuel on the fire in his belly to redeem his Round 2 frustrations this weekend.

"I'm looking forward to it and I want to respond well obviously," Boyd said.

"I've felt like I've bounced back pretty well the week after and I'm not going to be thinking about it, that's for sure.

"I've moved on, but it's in the back of my mind that I want to make up for it, for sure."

Only 44 games into a bright and fledgling first grade career, Boyd knows how much of a learning curve that night was for his development as a halfback, taking plenty away from the experience.

"One of the biggest learnings was just to be smarter in different areas," he said.

"That's all it was. There wasn't anything wrong with my kicking or anything, it was just being smarter and knowing the winds, so I'll be better from it."

The Gold Coast junior will be missing his partner-in-crime this week however - failing to overcome a calf injury in time - opening the door to partner youngster Toby Sexton in the halves once again.

Despite the change, it's business as usual for the duo after coming through the grades in tandem - play a number of times together in the Hostplus Cup as well as making three appearances as the playmaking pair for the Titans in 2022.

"We'll be fine and it's exciting to be back with Sexy," Boyd said.

"We kind of had a couple of years in the reggies together and we're pretty comfortable.

"I feel like I'm still going to take control the team and lead the boys around, but he's going to do his part as well.

"I just want to get the win now."

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