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'Want to aim up': White helping hone in on final strong showing to honour members

The Titans will have the Legion front of mind when they face the Bulldogs in their final game of 2023 this Sunday.

An important weekend on the calendar each year celebrating Thank You Member's Round - acknowledging the tremendous support the Gold Coast have shown to their club this season - assistant coach Brett White is hoping to see another strong crowd at Cbus Super Stadium with a big desire to finish strong and make the community proud as the team looks to build into the pre-season.

"It's members round, and this year we've had record crowds and record membership up around 13,000 people, so we're hoping for a big crowd to finish the season off," he said.

"In the last two games, we've been competitive through them against some of the top sides in the NRL, so I think this week we're really looking to put a performance in front of our members that turn up."

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Going toe-to-toe with Melbourne for most of the contest until they ran away with the result in the final 15 minutes at the weekend, on the back of challenging the two-time defending premiers at home in Round 25, the former 196-game enforcer feels a lack of consistency has been the Achilles Heel for the side this year, which has proved to be the difference in the past fortnight against the two top four heavyweights.

It's a focus area for the final game of the season, aiming for a full 80 minute showing against the 16th-placed Bulldogs on Sunday.

"It comes back to the effort areas and our consistency hasn't been good enough... especially the consistency in our efforts through periods where we can put in really good efforts and look like we're getting better, but then we drop off, which has really hurt us this year," White said.

"When you play those good teams like the last two weeks, you see the difference in that they put in 80 minute performances.

"We've had good weeks, but then we'll drop off to a bad week and then go back to a good week, so it's important we be more consistent around those those things that we practice at training.

"I know we work hard through the week at it, but it's 80 minutes on the weekend that matters."

Whilst neither side are in finals contention, there will still be plenty of rivalry in the battle between the two combatants, especially seeing the return of Toby Sexton to square off against his former protégé Tom Weaver and face his old side since moving to Canterbury in Round 19.

"The former halves partners (at Tweed) come up against each other, and Toby is coming back to play his old club... but for us, we can't worry too much about them," White said.

"There has been a big focus for the last six to eight weeks about the way we play our footy and we've got a lot of improvement to do there, especially around that consistency through our efforts.

"That's been a really big focus for us and still has to be, so that won't change this weekend.

"We won't be too focused on the Bulldogs or Toby or anything like that... it's again on us and our effort areas."

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.