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Titans prepare to combat Thurston

TITANS co-captain Greg Bird has backed his team's attack to find its feet during the coming weeks, while showing confidence the defence around the ruck can shut out the dangerous Johnathan Thurston in tonight's round four game on the Gold Coast.

"Our attack is a little bit scratchy - it's to be expected missing our lead playmaker Aidan Sezer (quad), but we ground a win out (against the Raiders last week)," Bird said. "As the game's go on we're going to be peaking at the right end of the season."

Bird (pictured) said defending against Thurston would be tricky, but added he has seen his team grow in confidence when defending its line.

"Thurston will be popping up left, right and in the middle. Our main goal will be to not take his show-and-go and for our middle to work really hard, like we did against the Raiders," Bird said.

"We put a lot of emphasis on our defence over the pre-season and tried to make it as strong as possible."

Cowboys coach Paul Green said his team had not yet found its rhythm after consecutive losses to the Broncos and Warriors.

"We've leaked points early and that's something we want to address," he said.

Green identified Titans man mountain Dave Taylor and elusive halfback Albert Kelly as the players to shut down, saying his team had to stop giving up early tries. "When a team gets down on our line we don't want to give up tries," Green said.


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