Loss leaves Wal­lace won­der­ing about Ti­tans’ men­tal­ity

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRAVIS MEYN

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.”

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