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Titans joker becoming ace in the pack

The Titans NRLW front row is packed with personality.

Two of the bigger characters in the squad in Jessika Elliston and Shannon Mato have become one of the most formidable pairings in the NRLW competition.

Elliston is averaging 133 run metres over the opening two games, with Mato running over a whopping 200 metres on average to start the season.

The two have become a powerhouse combination, helping to lay the platform for the Titans exciting outside backs.

"I love working with Shannon and it's like she takes a hit-up and I'm like I want to take a hit-up and then she just keeps taking hit-ups and I'm like oh my gosh Shan," Elliston laughs.

"I really like working with her and working off her and she motivates me to do those extra efforts.

"it's really cool to be doing that and to have Georgia (Hale) in the middle she is just making the tackles for us."

'We're a team that wants to keep fighting back': Elliston

Elliston won the Titans player of the year award in the club's inaugural season, with her front-row partner claiming the honour last season.

The 25-year-old says she's enjoying watching her fellow prop continue to develop.

"She has put in so much effort and you can just see from where she was in the beginning, she has always been an awesome player, but she's gone to the next level."

After predominantly playing a role off the bench in her Titans career to date, Elliston says she is relishing the chance to start this season.

"(Last year) you had a 15 or 20 minute stint where you could just go like a headless chicken," she jokes.

"Now it is pacing yourself, but it's definitely cool and something I wanted to get under my belt."

After a first up win against the Cowboys at Cbus Super Stadium, the Titans made it two wins from two starts with a golden point victory against the Broncos at the Gabba in round two.

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Elliston said she almost missed the magic moment.

"I was actually with the doctor getting a HIA and I was like doc, I want to get out there (to watch)," she said.

"It was so cool and something that we do practice and we hope it doesn't get to that point but it was awesome."

Elliston says after missing the finals last year, the squad has a focus on resilience in 2023 and want to be known as a team that never gives up.

"We have a team where anything can be thrown at us and we are going to keep fighting back," she said.

"We've still got a really good core group of girls there, but having some girls come in also has changed the dynamic as well."

Acknowledgement of Country

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