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Maintaining optimism: Hasler confident 'good signs' will lead to results

Upon Des Hasler's arrival to the Gold Coast, the two-time premiership-winning coach said he wouldn't panic if his side lost their first four games.

Now 164 days later and that situation coming to fruition with the Titans still chasing their first win of the season, the experienced mentor hasn't lost faith in his squad knowing how quickly the tide can turn in the NRL.

But the 462-game coach knows the turnaround needs to start this weekend against the Raiders given the unpredictability of this year's competition.

"There’s some good signs there... I’m very optimistic," Hasler said.

"You just have to show that endurance now and part of that endurance is maintaining optimism.

"The way the competition is panning out at the moment, everyone is beating each other so we have to move pretty quickly."

'There’s some good signs there': Hasler

Having placed an increased focus on starting well and winning the possession game in the nation's capital on Sunday night, the Titans coach feels his side have been their own worst enemy in the opening month of the season with errors and penalties directly resulting in conceding points.

"I still think [where we need to improve] is around how we're managing parts of the game, particularly the way we start," Hasler said.

"I think at times we put ourselves under too much pressure possession wise. We're not the sort of side at the moment that can go [too long] without the ball.

"It's not an excuse. It's not something anybody is going to feel sorry for us about.

"We're working hard at that defensively, even though it sounds a little bit contradictory.

"You can certainly see parts where we lose field position and the more you expose yourself to defending your red zone, the more chance the opposition sides are to scoring tries."

Remaining tight-lipped on any team changes with Jayden Campbell and Kieran Foran to complete fitness tests at Saturday's captain's run to ensure they're good to face Canberra, Hasler expects a tough battle against the green machines given their tenacious attitude.

"Particularly down there... they're a side that if you don't bring your baseball bat, you'll know about it," he said.

"We need to start well because they'll drag you into the fight."

Acknowledgement of Country

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