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'Doesn't matter who's out there': Haas, Carrigan mystery not a worry for Liu

Whilst there's been a lot of talk about whether the likes of Payne Haas and Patrick Carrigan back up for the Broncos in Sunday's Macca's Local Derby against the Titans, that certainly hasn't entered the mindset of the visitors.

Especially senior hard-running forward Isaac Liu, who is helping his side prepare for whoever will line-up on the other side of the field at Suncorp Stadium in the iconic rivalry.

"It doesn't matter who's out there [for the Broncos]," he said.

"Regardless of who they have out there, we've just got to focus on us and make sure we do a good job on all of them, not just two guys.

"[Despite all the talk], we need to keep bringing it back to us and make sure we focus on what we need to get it done during the week and turn up and play well."

Admitting it's never hard to get up for the clash to attain M1 bragging rights, there is some extra motivation in the Titans camp this week given Brisbane came from behind to clinch victory in the Round 7 affair earlier in the season.

Reflecting back on that game, the experienced campaigner knows the key to getting one back on their rivals is to emulate their first half starts when they come out of the sheds in the second 40.

"Our starts are always good but we've now got to focus on how well we start the second half," Liu said.

"But especially from our last game [against the Tigers], we've taken a lot of positives away, definitely in our mindset.

"It's always a good run against our neighbours up there and it's a good challenge for us and we look forward to a good arm wrestle."

'We're fresh and ready to go again': Liu

Having a 17 day break between games after a comprehensive display against the Tigers in Round 15, Liu is aware there could be complacency with such a long layover, but he feels now having served all three byes could be a blessing in disguise for the Gold Coast in their quest to maintain consistency.

"We just need to make sure we come back focussed," he said.

"We haven't been as consistent as we'd want to be during the first couple of rounds, but now those byes are out of the way and we've had our break.

"We are feeling fresh so we need to make sure we switch on and get the details right that we need to get and hopefully we can string a few more wins together."

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.