In a spirited display of competition, the Titans battled valiantly but ultimately fell short in a 28-18 clash against the Warriors on Friday night, navigating most of the contest with only 12 players.
There is prospect of Queensland’s prop Moeaki Fotuaika receiving a one-match suspension for his high tackle on Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, the Warriors‘ fullback leading to Fotuaika’s dismissal in the game’s 17th minute.
His response to the season’s recurrent fades and losses which ultimately led to Holbrook’s termination after three-and-a-half seasons was to initiate a reshaping of training regimens. His aim – to fortify the Titans.
For the better part of their 17-season history, the Titans have been also-rans, with only one finals match win back in 2010 and a solitary appearance in the semi-finals in the last six years. Lenihan and the Titans‘ administrative team, demonstrated their commitment to change when they replaced Holbrook with two-time NRL title-winner Hasler.
“We’re focusing on becoming a trustworthy team and improving our work ethic. I’m very proud of how the boys have worked,” Lenihan said.
He also added, “Our grit, determination in defence and mutual support were clearly visible in the match against the Warriors.”
“We’re trying to change other people’s perception of us. We are striving to stand tall as a strong team and we are not afraid of that.”
“I want it known that we won’t be pushed around. We are fully committed to hard work.”
In the coming months, Hasler will officially take over the duties of head coach from Lenihan. Meanwhile, Hasler been actively involved in recruitment and organisational activities behind the scenes
Campbell has often come off the bench as a utility player, however, he’s showing potential too promising to be under-utilised. In the match against the Warriors, he ran an impressive 237m and scored a game-changing 90m intercept try.
Brimson, currently nursing a painful abdominal injury, will likely be replaced by Campbell as the fullback for the season’s final four games.
Pre-season will see Hasler experimenting with a permanent Brimson move to a centre position in hopes of extending the career of the injury-prone speedster.
“It’s undisputed that we need Campbell on the field,” asserted Lenihan.
“The injury to AJ has opened the opportunity for them both to play at the same time. This is something we will closely inspect in the pre-season and in the upcoming year.”
“With his injury, AJ might not come back this season. In his place, we’ll definitely see JC more.” he added.