Gold Coast must make stopping Robbie Farah a priority if they want to beat Wests Tigers in Sunday’s NRL clash, Titans’ skipper Greg Bird says.

Gold Coast co-captain Greg Bird is adamant NSW State of Origin teammate Robbie Farah will be the key to the Titans’ NRL clash with Wests Tigers.

Bird says Farah has always been a devastating attacking option for the Tigers but will pose an increased risk to the Titans on Sunday due to new rules designed to speed up the play the ball.

With Benji Marshall no longer at the Tigers, Bird said it was obvious Farah would be the man the Titans would need to stop to make it two wins from two to start the season.

“He’s been the leader there for a long time now,” Bird said.

“You’ve got to give him the respect he deserves otherwise he’ll cut you to pieces. With the new rule changes it’s really opened up the door for good hookers to take advantage, the quicker ruck speed gives them the opportunity to get over the advantage line and catch blokes napping.

“He used to do it back in the day when they were slow rucks, with the speedier ruck it’s definitely going to play into his hands.”

The Tigers will be desperate to make up for a poor round one display when they surrendered an 18-6 lead to lose 46-24 to St George Illawarra.

Tigers coach Mick Potter made two late changes to his squad to head to Queensland on Saturday, with Liam Fulton (concussion) and Marika Koroibete replaced by Keith Galloway and David Nofoaluma.

Potter has also named five-eighth Blake Austin as the team’s 18th man.

The Titans have brought back-rower Ben Ridge into their squad on stand-by for veteran Anthony Minichiello, who is battling a virus.