Captain John Sutton says Souths won’t fall prey to the Titans niggling tactics in Saturday’s NRL clash.
South Sydney have vowed not to be upset by the niggling tactics of the Gold Coast in Saturday’s NRL clash.
Forward Ryan James has said the Titans intend to follow the lead of Manly’s Jason King and Wests Tigers’ Aaron Woods who managed to get under the skin of the Rabbitohs monster forward pack, in particular the Burgess brothers Sam and George, earlier this season.
King’s and Wood’s tactics were instrumental in their teams’ upset wins and James has declared the Titans will follow suit.
But captain John Sutton insists Souths have learnt from their mistakes in getting too fired up.
“I think we learnt a lot from the Wests Tigers game, we got pretty unsettled there,” Sutton said on Wednesday.
“But we learnt from that and we are definitely a much better team now.
“It’s going to be a tough game with (Nate) Myles and (Greg) Bird for them, I am looking forward to it.
Queensland State of Origin back-rower Chris McQueen said Souths would be well prepared for any Titans niggle in the round nine match on the Gold Coast.
“They are a niggly team but for us it is about not letting them get under our skin,” McQueen said.
“It’s about getting out there and doing what we do best and just not buying into anything they are trying to do to us I guess.
“That (not responding to it) might be mentioned but if we go out there and do what we do, and concentrate on us we will be alright.
Sutton said in-form Kangaroos back-rower Greg Bird shapes as a key agitator for the Titans.
“He is a great player, he has done it all, he is a very aggressive player so we are going to have to be on top of him, across the field they have some very good players,” Sutton said.
“Bird is just a very aggressive player, that is the way he plays, you have to react to it in a positive manner, that’s the thing.
“You can’t let it get under your skin, hopefully we can do that this week.”