Gold Coast admit the pain of defeat is still there after their 42-12 NRL humbling by Wests Tigers but the squad is committed to bouncing back against Canberra.
Gold Coast star Ashley Harrison says there’s no hiding from just how poor the Titans were in their opening NRL home match of the season.
The Titans were thrashed 42-12 by a Wests Tigers outfit widely tipped as wooden spoon contenders, the biggest home defeat in their history.
Since then the club has had to deny reports they’re looking to offload former Test forward Dave Taylor as the good feeling from an opening round win over Cronulla evaporated.
Harrison says it’s been a tough week going over the Tigers’ defeat and making amends starts with ensuring they show due respect for their next opponents, Canberra.
“It was tough losing in that way, that’s for sure,” Harrison said on Thursday.
“Mentally it takes a lot out of you but we’ve pinpointed where we went wrong. You don’t have to be rocket scientist to work that out.
“It definitely came out of left-field, we didn’t see it coming.
“We got it completely wrong on the weekend. We know that and we’ll be looking to make amends this week.
“One thing is you’ve got to respect your opponent. It doesn’t matter who you play and what you do. We probably took our foot off the throttle a little bit, got our bums whipped.”
The Titans were back into full training on Thursday as they prepare for Sunday’s trip to Canberra where a buoyant Raiders await.
Harrison will shift from the backrow to five-eighth in the absence of regular No.6 Aidan Sezer (quad).
Hooker Beau Falloon looks like he may recover from a knee ligament strain to line up against the Raiders.
Former Queensland player Harrison said he was looking forward to the challenge of filling in for Sezer and matching up against Raiders’ five-eighth Terry Campese.
“He’s a great player Campo. Been around for a long time,” Harrison said.
“He seems to be able to steady the ship for them down there. He’ll be a player we’ll have to watch but we’ve got to worry about our own backyard.
“We’ll get that right and go from there.”