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Completion rate key to Titans' return to form says Verrills

Knowing that they can achieve a higher quality of footy than what was demonstrated against the Tigers, the Titans are thankful for the opportunity to be back at home to turn things around.

Going down 18-10 despite dominating for a majority of the game, hooker Sam Verrills acknowledged their unforced errors let the team down after a strong opening 20-minute performance by the side that saw them go into halftime with the lead.

"I thought we started well, but our errors in that second half let us down," Verrills said.

"At one point, we’d completed four from 11 sets. If you’re giving opposition that much ball, it’s going to be hard to hold them away.

"We need to be a lot smarter than we were on the weekend and that comes down to the spine and the individual as well.

"Before the bye, we were completing high in most games and we had a good run there, but we’ve come back from the bye and we haven’t completed well in the last two weeks.

"It really shows on the field.

"I think on the weekend we were just trying to strike every time we got the opportunity, and it worked sometimes but on other times we caused errors and put ourselves straight back under pressure.

"We know as a team what we need to do and that’s just to complete our sets and get to the kick, and once we do that, we are a good team."

The side are also aware that their recent performances have disappointed coach Des Hasler and are looking to bounce back against the Warriors at home - a team they heroically defeated earlier this year in New Zealand.

"You can tell he’s upset cause it’s not who we are, the way we played the last few weeks," the 25-year-old said.

"Des has come up here and he’s worked so hard with us and to come out on the weekend and play like that was pretty disappointing.

"We’ve got a great opportunity this weekend against the Warriors. They’ll be pretty hungry after what we did to them last time on Anzac Day over there, but we’re looking forward to this weekend."

Verrills hasn't wanted to use the Gold Coast's luckless run of injuries as an excuse either - having now lost Klese Haas for this weekend's clash - emphasising the need for the next man up to step up and do the job.

"We’ve had a pretty disrupted season with all the injuries we’ve had, with everyone swapping in and out of positions and we haven’t had a set team for a while,” he said.

"It is definitely not an excuse; whichever player is on the field on the weekend needs to do a job and we haven’t done that in the last few weeks."

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.