Winless at home since April, Gold Coast know something must change this weekend against Parramatta to keep their NRL finals hopes alive.
If Gold Coast’s NRL home is meant to be a fortress, then it’s one that’s been breached and razed to the ground this year.
The Titans have won just two of their seven home matches this season and are currently without a win from their past six games at CBUS Super Stadium.
It’s a record that goes a long way to explaining why the club sits 11th on the ladder heading into Saturday’s visit by Parramatta with their finals hopes very much on the line.
While the Titans haven’t won at home since their round-six victory over Brisbane in April, they have at least been doing the business on the road.
Last weekend’s impressive win over Newcastle was the club’s sixth on their travels, a record matched only by Canterbury and South Sydney.
In a bid to capture that away-day mood, the Titans will head into a mini-camp before their clash with the Eels, booking themselves into a hotel on match eve.
It’s a theory that’s worth trying in the opinion of co-captain Nate Myles.
“I’ve figured it out,” Myles said when asked about the difference in the club’s home and away form.
“It’s the blokes with kids. They’re sleeping better.”
Myles is more serious when discussing the Titans’ abysmal home record.
“There’s no excuses in regards to us and our performances at home,” he said.
“It’s just a fact that we haven’t been doing it. We need to pull our finger out and perform at home.”
The Titans head into Saturday’s game with the welcome return of NSW State of Origin representative Greg Bird from suspension while Dave Taylor has been retained at centre after crushing the Knights last weekend.
The Eels head north with their season also on the line.
Last weekend’s home loss to the Sydney Roosters was the fourth in a row for Brad Arthur’s men, leaving them 13th.
Co-captain Tim Mannah (shoulder) hasn’t been named but Myles says the Titans are expecting the experienced Eels forward to return.
He is also wary of an Eels pack which boasts plenty of youth and enthusiasm.
“They come off the back fence when it’s their turn to run,” Myles said.
“We know what we’re in for. It’s just a matter of us preparing the right way and getting out there and doing it.”
NO PLACE LIKE HOME? THE TITANS’ WOES IN 2014 AT ROBINA.
Played 9; won 2, lost 7
Last win: bt Brisbane 12-8 in round 6, April 11
Points for: 143
Points against: 241
* Lost six games straight at home
* Have only scored 20 points or more twice at home this season
* Have conceded 20 points or more in six home matches