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Gold Coast keen to fix away record

28/03/2009 02:29:11 PM Comments (0)

After getting one monkey off their backs, the Gold Coast Titans will now aim to shed another.

Friday night's gritty 20-12 win over the Bulldogs answered the critics who said the Titans couldn't win without star playmaker Scott Prince, but now they have to show they can win away from their Skilled Park fortress, starting with the toughest road trip in the NRL - Melbourne's Olympic Park.

In their short history, the Titans have rarely won away from the tourist strip and tongues starting wagging again after the club's strong round one home win over Newcastle was followed by a disappointing loss to St George Illawarra in Wollongong last week.

Speaking at the club's recovery session at North Burleigh beach on Saturday, coach John Cartwright said too much was made of the Titans' poor away record.

"The fact is our record is not as good away as it is at home," he said.

"I couldn't have been happier with our effort against the Dragons last week.

"And as soon as you start doing things differently, that's when problems start.

"If you keep doing that, you are making something a bigger issue than it is."

Veteran pivot Mat Rogers conceded Melbourne would be tough to beat in the southern capital next weekend.

"They very rarely lose at home, so it's going to be a tough game," he said.

"They are just a very formidable side with an amazing coach."

Rogers, who stepped up with a strong performance in Prince's absence against the Dogs, said the team had spoken of the importance of being able to win without their co-captain.

"When you have a player like Scott Prince in your side you never want to have him out, so having a win without him was very pleasing," he said.

"We spoke as a group during the week about, while he is very important to us, he doesn't make our hit-ups, he doesn't put the hits on in defence, so it was up to the rest of us to lift."

Prince is not certain to take the field against the Storm after injuring his hamstring at training last week.

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