Titans gearing up for a win

THE ailing Titans are gearing up to take on the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on Monday night, but in some good news for the Gold Coast side, they welcome back Albert Kelly from injury.
The Rabbitohs have a losing record at ANZ Stadium so far in 2014, the same record the Titans, who are 13th on the NRL ladder, boast from their seven trips to the game’s largest stadium since their inception in 2007 according to nrl.com.
They have to go back to 2010 for the last time they defeated South Sydney in Sydney and the Titans’ task of avoiding a club-record seven-straight defeats has been made even more imposing with the loss of Origin stars Greg Bird, Nate Myles and Dave Taylor.
The 4th placed Rabbitohs aren’t unaffected by Origin, with Greg Inglis and Ben Te’o in camp with the Maroons, but while they can keep the core of their team on the park they present a formidable challenge to any team they come up against.
In the wash-up little separated the Bunnies and Cowboys last weekend both statistically and on the scoreboard but you can bet that Maguire will spend much of this week focus on a brand of football that gives the Titans few opportunities to apply pressure, particularly in the first half.
The Titans have had two weeks to get over their one-point loss to the Dragons in Round 15 but won’t have forgotten the 40-18 thumping the Rabbitohs dished out at Cbus Super Stadium back in Round 9.
Kick off is at 7.00pm.
In other results the Sharks proved bookmakers wrong, defeating the Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
According to nrl.com Skipper Wade Graham was the overarching motivation behind Cronulla’s second miracle comeback in as many weeks.
The Sharks trailed the premiers 24-0 three minutes before half-time, then rallied to claim one of the club’s greatest ever victories, a 30-28 comeback that somehow trumps even last week’s effort in hauling in the Broncos from 22-0 down at Suncorp Stadium.
With bookmakers offering odds of up to 50-1 prior to kick-off, and others suspending betting on wooden spoon markets in the wake of Todd Carney’s sacking and Peter Sharp’s resignation earlier in the week, Graham revealed the siege mentality that had inspired the Sharks to victory.
“The funny thing about rugby league players, most of them tend to have a bit of attitude,” said Graham.
“If you write them off, they like to step up to the mark and say ‘I told you so’.”
“I’ve seen some odds in the paper. We were 50-1 or something. It was ridiculous. No one gave us a hope.”
With assistant coach James Shepherd stepping into the void left by Sharp, the NRL’s newest mentor said senior players had run the week’s training sessions, while Graham was adamant the playing group had put the off-field dramas engulfing the club behind them as early as last Tuesday.
“I think we put it to bed pretty early in the week,” said Graham.
“We got together on Monday and we had our say and by Tuesday morning it was over.
“All the players got together and we said, ‘We’re not going to let it be a distraction, we’re just going to get out there and do our job.’
“Over the last 18 months we’ve got pretty good at putting distractions to the side.”