Clearly Gold Coast’s scars from their NRL mauling by Wests Tigers are still a long way from fully healed.
The Titans take on the in-form Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday with memories of their 42-12 thrashing in round two on their minds.
Veteran forward Ash Harrison says while Sunday’s trip to Tigers heartland isn’t about revenge, there’s obviously a record he and his teammates want to set straight.
“No-one can forget round two this year when they gave us a deadset thumping,” Harrison said.
“That’s still very present in our mind and we’re coming off a loss as well.
“Our game’s too hard to be worrying about revenge. It’s about getting our footy on.
“We haven’t been great the whole season thus far and we’ve got a lot of improving to do and we’re looking to do that this weekend.”
Harrison was enjoying comfortable surroundings on Wednesday as he helped his sons Ethan and Will take part in a dress rehearsal for a children’s fashion parade which will be part of the Titans’ Women in League lunch in May.
The atmosphere couldn’t be any more different on Sunday as the Tigers aim to continue an imposing record at Leichhardt despite the absence of injured skipper Robbie Farah.
“You have a look at their win-loss record there, they win more than they lose and they’re a team in form,” Harrison said.
“We’ll definitely have our work cut out for us.”
It’s been two weeks since Harrison announced he would retire at season’s end and while an intimidating trip to Leichhardt doesn’t sound exciting for a travelling player, the 32-year-old says he’s making the most of every game left in his career.
“It was definitely a weight off my shoulders and I’m just bouncing into training,” he said.
“Enjoying every day because you never know when it’s going to be all over. When you’ve got that end point you play every game as if it’s your last.”