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Rabbitohs performance 'out of character' as focus quickly turns to Tigers

The Titans are quickly putting their disappointing loss against the Rabbitohs behind them, eager to rectify the lack of discipline and bounce back in their clash against the West Tigers this Saturday.

The out of character loss comes after almost two months of consistent on-field performances in both defence and attack, making the 46-12 score line have an even greater sting.

Gold Coast lock Erin Clark knows that after reviewing their mistakes at home, the mentality of the playing group is locked onto putting on a quality display of footy at Leichhardt Oval.

"For the last seven weeks it’s been a four-point margin win or loss, so to then dish that up on the weekend was pretty disappointing," Clark said.

"We’ve reviewed it, and we’ve covered the things that we need to, so we’re ready to go for the weekend.

"I think there was just the mentality that we thought [the win] was just going to happen.. there were a few things that we didn’t do well, that we were doing well in the past seven weeks."

With the Rabbitohs and Tigers alongside the Titans in the bottom four at this stage of the season, the team understand every win from here on in must be earned with hard work and consistent effort on and off the field.

"It’s the NRL at the end of the day, and Souths showed that on the weekend," the 83-gamer said.

"I think they were last on the ladder, and they played like they were first.

"The Tigers are a good team, so like we did with Souths, if we give them a sniff, they’ll take a mile.

"We just have to make sure we are defensively strong coming out of yardage, and I think we’ll be alright."

The most recent clash also saw the long-awaited return of Jayden Campbell to the field, however not in his usual role of fullback, but instead partnering Kieran Foran in the halves.

Giving high praise to the young players that have stepped up to fill injury voids throughout the 2024 season so far, Clark threw his support behind the exciting dynamo's return .

"He’s typically a fullback so he’s still finding his feet at half," Clark said.

"He also just came off injury, so obviously it’ll take time to form those combinations... but he did well from what I saw.

"The boys that have stepped up the last few weeks have done great for us.

"We talk about next man up mentality, and I think we’ve shown that as a club, and whoever fills the spot will do the job."

Clark joining with Isaac Liu and Moe Fotuaika to support Beanies for Brain Cancer Round.
Clark joining with Isaac Liu and Moe Fotuaika to support Beanies for Brain Cancer Round. ©Titans Media

The upcoming battle against the Tigers is also the Beanie for Brain Cancer Round, a cause the Titans players are proud to be a part of as they run out this weekend in support of the Mark Hughes Foundation.

"This round is good as it puts a lot of focus on the cause and allows for donations," Clark said.

"For us to run out and to represent that and show that we care and that we’re willing to promote awareness is always a great opportunity.”

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.