‘Losing is sinful’: Tommy visit works a treat for Titans

Titans chairman Dennis Watt is an old footballer and he knows what works, even with the current generation.

On Saturday, the Titans team bus pulled up outside the Gold Coast home of Tommy Raudonikis and his partner, Trish Brown, en route to Brisbane for Sunday’s game against the Broncos.

Give ’em hell, boys! Tommy Raudonikis imparts some pearls of wisdom to the Titans before their bus trip to Brisbane.

Watt, a former chairman of the Broncos, knew Tommy hated his old club – whom he deemed the “new Silvertails” of the NRL, based on their new $30 million centre of excellence, annual profit and plethora of representative players.

The plan was for only three Titans to exit the bus, but when the players saw Tommy, circling the front lawn of his modest duplex as if he was about to enter the ring for another bout with his despised opponent whom he calls “Jack the Dancer”, the entire team alighted.

Many of the team had earlier seen Tommy on Fox Sports before the State of Origin game, where he declared “losing is sinful”.

While it didn’t do enough to drive the Blues through the second half of the Brisbane Origin match, it sometimes takes a while with footballers for the message to sink in, even for a team returning to the same arena of NSW’s defeat.

“I repeated my belief losing is sinful,” the inaugural NSW Origin captain said. “I told them the Broncos are the silvertails of the league. They get all the favours. I told the Titans to give them nothing.”

Asked how the modern players responded to a 1970s rhetoric, he said, “The respect they gave me was terrific. They stayed here for well over half an hour.”

The Titans bus arrived in Brisbane without star halfback, Ash Taylor, granted compassionate leave, amid reports off-season signing and former NSW player, Tyrone Peachey, wants to return to Penrith. Their problems were compounded by the loss of talented Bryce Cartwright prior to kick-off.
Watt predicted midweek that “Tommy will give them a lift”.

He was right. The Titans won 26-18, beating an undermanned Brisbane in front of 30,048 fans.
Centre Brian Kelly nabbed a double for the visitors while captain Tyrone Roberts was sensational, scoring 14 points including a solo try in the first half.

Coach Garth Brennan was happy how his team responded after issuing some home truths during the week. ‘‘I see how hard they’ve been hurting after a loss. Last week was a tough one, we nearly grabbed it at the end and they were hurting.’’

‘‘I basically said that, enough’s enough, drew a bit of a line in the sand. We need to start putting the effort in and working a bit harder for each other. Doing whatever it takes to grind out a win.’’

GOLD COAST 26 (B Kelly 2 A Don T Roberts tries T Roberts 5 goals) bt BRISBANE 18 (A Milford K Staggs J Turpin tries J Isaako 3 goals) at Suncorp Stadium. Referees: Chris Sutton, Phil Henderson. Crowd: 30,048.

With AAP

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