Titans skipper Ryan James has hopes of a good finish to the season.
Titans skipper Ryan James has hopes of a good finish to the season. DAVE HUNT

Titans not giving up on finals just yet, says skipper

TITANS captain Ryan James says the Gold Coast is still playing with hope despite their chances of making the NRL finals almost vanishing with Friday night's loss to the Rabbitohs.

The Titans still have a mathematical chance of making the finals but need to win eight of the last 10 games - which includes clashes against Brisbane and Cronulla - to have a chance to push into the top eight.

The Titans gave a glimpse of what they are capable of when their severely undermanned side - they were without 11 regular first-graders due to Origin and injury - led Souths 14-0 on Friday night before surrendering the lead and eventually the match.

Gold Coast are still the only side to have beaten both Melbourne and Cronulla - the sides many expect to meet in the grand final - this season and have the potential to challenge any side when fully fit and on song.

And while the odds are against them, James said the Titans had not yet given up hope.

"I still think about it (playing finals this season) but we have to start winning," said James, whose side faces the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown on Friday.

"Just being able to get 17 on the park is hard for us at the moment.

"We need to get our fittest 17 ready and get them firing and set up a game plan around what we've got and that's pretty much all we can do.

"I think it was Haynesy's Parramatta team that did that (run to the grand final in 2009), so everything's possible.

"But it's also great to have kids like Max King, Morgan Boyle and Pat Vaivai, Patty Politoni, Karl Lawton, Tyronne Roberts-Davis (being blooded for the future), that are all getting good game time."

The Titans again conceded too many penalties and made too many errors to be competitive for 80 minutes, with the Rabbitohs making the most of being gifted second chances.

But as has been the case all season, injuries again nobbled their chances.

Pat Politoni is in doubt for Friday's clash after suffering a leg injury late in the match, while Joe Greenwood suffered his fourth concussion of the season and will face testing before he is cleared to play.

"Probably people from the outside in think it's something we're doing wrong but they're all extremely unlucky injuries like shoulders," James said of the collision injuries.

"It's a contact sport and in contact sport you get caught in the wrong position.

"There's not really much more you can do to prevent the injuries that have happened.

"Fair enough if it was hamstring tears or calf tears but there haven't been any.

"At the start ofd the year you'd think you'd probably get a handful but we've lost a fair few already."

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