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Titans talking tough

By Wayne Heming 14/07/2010 04:59:38 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast forward Luke Bailey has warned Brisbane to get ready for fireworks and heavy contact from a Titans outfit who have re-discovered their self-belief.

"It's always a big challenge when you play the Broncos, it's big two points this weekend," said the battle-hardened Bailey.

"I'm sure there'll be some fireworks and also some pretty big contact."

Sometimes a tough loss like last weekend's 15-14 field goal defeat to the Wests Tigers can knock a team's confidence for six.

But Bailey feels it's had the complete opposite effect and has the Gold Coast steeled for the challenge posed by Brisbane coming off their most successful Origin period ever.

"We could have hung our heads but there's a bit of a feel in the camp that some self-belief was restored, especially with our goal-line defence," the experienced prop said.

"They threw a lot at us and I think we've taken a lot out of that game."

Bailey and fellow forward Mark Minichiello said while strapping young centre Israel Folau and veteran five-eighth Darren Lockyer were major attacking threats, the battle up front would be equally as important.

"Their forward pack has been going great and it's just another challenge for us. I think our forwards have been pretty good all year," Minichiello said.

"It's always great to come up a good forward pack and challenge yourself.

"With a big crowd out there, hopefully we can get the job done."

Minichiello agreed with Bailey that last week's loss had given the Titans a shot of confidence.

"It was a big game for us and I thought we stood up to the challenge really well," he said.

"The performance showed we can cut it with the best and this game will be a stepping stone towards the final."

Bailey is aware of Folau's good record against the Titans.

"I think he's scored a few points against us," he said.

"He's a freak of nature, that's what they do, they score points.

"Darren Lockyer is also playing sensational footy and will be hard to stop.

"We just need a committed 80-minute performance and a big crowd to get us home."

Both sides will wrap up their preparations on Thursday.

With more than 20,000 tickets pre-sold at Skilled Park, there's a real possibility of Friday's game being a sell out.

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