CRASH TACKLED:. Warriors' Solomone Kata is contained by the Titans tacklers at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
CRASH TACKLED:. Warriors' Solomone Kata is contained by the Titans tacklers at Sunshine Coast Stadium. Patrick Woods

Motivated to prove Titans' doubters wrong

RUGBY LEAGUE: Gold Coast captain Ryan James is willing his side to prove the doubters wrong this season, after succumbing to successive trial losses.

The Titans were edged 20-14 by the Warriors on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, to follow a 38-10 defeat to Brisbane a week ago.

Strugglers last season and with just one finals appearance in the past seven years, the side has been largely shunned by bookmakers and pundits ahead of their 2018 NRL campaign.

But James says that just provides extra motivation.

"Probably looking from the outside in, people haven't given us a chance and that just adds more fuel to the fire," he said.

"When no one gives you a chance you just want to go out there and prove them wrong so hopefully that's what we go out there and do this year."

 

DEFENSIVE: Titians' Ryan James helps makes a tackle.
DEFENSIVE: Titians' Ryan James helps makes a tackle. Patrick Woods

His team did show some cause for optimism against the Warriors.

"We looked pretty comfortable for 70 per cent of the game but 70 per cent of the game doesn't win a game of footy," James said before suggesting the scoreline didn't really matter, given it was a trial.

"Players play in different positions to see where you're going to play and there are probably still five players that are still able to be selected for round one that are pretty regular first graders (still to come into the line-up) so if you add that to the team I think we're pretty solid."

The recruitments of Bryce Cartwright and Leilani Latu from the Panthers are expected to bolster the pack.

The latter produced a couple of enterprising moments against the Warriors, including a bustling try-saving tackle on a barn-storming Issac Luke in the first half.