Coach Neil Henry looks on during the Gold Coast Titans training session. Photo: AAP Image/Dave Hunt.
Coach Neil Henry looks on during the Gold Coast Titans training session. Photo: AAP Image/Dave Hunt. DAVE HUNT

Win more important for Titans, says Henry

TITANS coach Neil Henry said he had spent the past week focused on fixing his team's defence rather on the speculation the club was set to sign Parramatta hooker Nathan Peats.

The Titans were thrashed 38-0 by the Storm in their last match on May 1 before the representative round, and face the Roosters at Cbus Super Stadium tonight.

Both teams will be desperate for a win, with the hosts in 13th and the Sydney outfit 15th.

Peats arrived on the Gold Coast yesterday, but Henry said he wouldn't name him to play against the Roosters to give him time to learn the team's playing structures before Sunday's away game against the Panthers.

"There has been a lot of talk about Nathan Peats and he'll come here with welcome arms," Henry said.

"But our focus has been on getting a win at home against an opposition that has got a few players back.

"We've got to eradicate some defensive lapses we're having, with our edge defence in particular."

Roosters winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall (turf toe) will be replaced by the returning Daniel Tupou (lat).

Henry said Roosters representative pair - halfback Mitchell Pearce (club-imposed suspension) and prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (knee) - back for their second game of the season, would prove a real threat.

"They've got a big pack and Hargreaves adds to that, and Mitchell Pearce's ball-playing and kicking game and support play is very good," Henry said.



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