Tittans battle roadtrip blues

By DANIEL PACE INSPIRATIONAL co-captain Luke %Bailey is confident Gold Coast can overcome their horrible away record to sneak into the NRL finals. The Titans have won just two out of their 10 games on the road this year and need to beat Cronulla and Melbourne away to secure an historic finals berth. Boosted by a home crowd of 17,423 who turned out in pouring rain, the NRL newcomers kept their finals hopes alive with a 22-18 victory over the Sydney Roosters at Carrara on Sunday, but they can no longer rely on that vocal support to lift them. "Every road trip has been tough for us," said Bailey. "We know the importance of the games. If you can't play your best for 160 minutes then you might as well not turn up. "We've got to leave nothing in the tank over the next two weeks." Bailey was again a stand-out for the Titans in their last match at Carrara before the club shifts base to Skilled Stadium at Robina. The bullocking prop made 45 tackles, 14 hit-ups and gained 159 metres. "The support has been great up here," Bailey said of Gold Coast Stadium, where the Titans boast an 8-4 record. "We need to take that on board, go down to Sydney and come back with a win. It's going to be a lot harder going down to Melbourne." Titans halfback Scott Prince denied his team was feeling the heat ahead of their away games. "The way I'm thinking is that no-one gave us a shot from the word go," said Prince. "We go away for two road trips and no-one will be picking us to win. As far as pressure is concerned we're just going down there to play some football. Bailey said he was expecting "fireworks" against the Sharks who boast a pack featuring aggressive back-rowers Paul Gallen and Greg Bird.



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