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Back-to-back wins top of the agenda for Hasler in Storm showdown

Des Hasler admits he's been surprised by how quickly his Titans squad have honed their focus to this weekend's tough task against the in-form Melbourne Storm at Cbus Super Stadium.

Not short of acknowledging and celebrating last Thursday's gutsy victory in New Zealand against the Warriors, the Gold Coast coach has welcomed the maturity of his team who haven't lost their big picture focus, wanting to make it back-to-back wins in Saturday's contest after a month of strong showings.

"[The win] probably comes off the back some good form the previous two weeks and it was probably a bit of a reward for the hard work they’ve been putting in," Hasler said of his squad.

"It was an important win for us as well. It’s always a difficult place to play over there.

"They’ve moved on from it pretty quickly. They realise it’s a win, but the focus is now to build on it, which has surprised me a lot.

"Up against a pretty experienced side in Melbourne this week and coming back home, we’d like to make it two in a row."

Relishing the longer turnaround upon returning from across the ditch, the aim for the home side is to now spoil the milestone party that Melbourne are hoping to have at Robina - with Cameron Munster celebrating his 200th NRL game and Christian Welch running out for his 150th appearance.

"It's been pretty good and we've had a long week after what was a pretty short turnaround after Manly and going over to New Zealand," he said.

"Melbourne are an experienced side with plenty of key players that can cause lots of issues for you if you're not on your game."

The Titans are expected to welcome back experience of their own with Phil Sami and Keenan Palasia to undergo final review at Friday's captain's run before confirming their availability for Saturday's showdown.

"They're pretty good. They've got one final run tomorrow so we'll track that and check their fitness to see how they go," Hasler said.

"Obviously Keenan has been out for around six weeks now. We'll wait and see how they pull up tomorrow."

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