Loss leaves Wallace wondering about Titans’ mentality
ORIGIN prop Jarrod Wallace ( left) has expressed concerns over the Gold Coast’s mentality as the Titans attempt to shed the tag of being the NRL’s biggest chokers.
The Titans have an opportunity to crush the top four dreams of arch- rivals Brisbane in today’s derby at Cbus Super Stadium. It is a clash the Gold Coast have traditionally struggled in, losing 17 of 22 games against their “big brother”, including the past six encounters.
But ironically it is the type of game the Titans could fire a shot in given their 2017 form.
The Titans have knocked off reigning premiers Cronulla twice, compet- ition leaders Melbourne and fourthplaced Parramatta this season.
But they have also lost to bottom three sides Newcastle, Wests Tigers and South Sydney. Last week’s 26- 4 defeat to the Tigers was the Gold Coast’s worst loss of the season and Wallace admitted they may have taken their opposition lightly.
“The Tigers turned up and played some really good footy and it cost us in the end,” he said.
“They out- enthused us from the first kick- off. They beat us through the middle then beat us out wide.
“I don’t know if it’s a mindset that they weren’t in the top eight, so it’d be an easy win. You can’t have that mindset. There are no easy wins in the NRL.”