Bulldogs out to combat bogey team Titans
The Bulldogs will try to reverse their Gold Coast curse this weekend when attempt to beat the Titans in Sydney for the first time since the two clubs first played each other in 2007.
Having not beaten them since 2012 on top of that, the Bulldogs have lost their past four games against the current cellar-dwelling Gold Coast club.
Veteran winger Sam Perrett believes it's now a matter of avoiding complacency – considering the Titans' current state – as the Bulldogs look to kick on from their two-point victory over the ladder-leading Broncos last weekend.
Sitting precariously in the top eight, with the Warriors and Sea Eagles chasing their tails, Perrett is simply looking to keep the good times rolling.
"It's the way the competition is now, every team you come up against is very tough, and for us in particular with the Titans. We have to be on our game and we can't take our foot off the pedal," Perrett told NRL.com.
"Getting a win this weekend is going to be important not only for getting the so-called monkey off our back but just for further momentum heading into the finals as well. It's a big thing for us.
"We don't want our finals chances to come down to a win or loss in Round 26. I really think we have the team which, if we play our game the best we can, offer up a challenge for anyone who comes up against us."
Fullback Brett Morris went on to suggest the Titans may read into their previous success against the Bulldogs too much.
"There's no easy game in the NRL. 20 years ago there might have been the odd game but these days you have to show up to every week, be switched on and ready to go," Morris said.
"Our record isn't too good but it's out of our control. We can only worry about what we can do and we're preparing as such. Sometimes an opposition might jump on the back of previous history too. They may believe what's happened in the past will happen again."
Meanwhile, Morris could this weekend reach a milestone without actually lifting a finger. With brother Josh two tries away from reaching a century in his NRL career, the Morris twins could become the first set of siblings to achieve the feat.
"It certainly would be nice. I achieved it last season with the Dragons but to be out there on the field at the same time I think it'd be a pretty special memory that we'd both cherish and we'll never forget," Morris said.
"I can just sit back and watch on now. As a player, being a spectator and fan just like everyone else I can't wait to enjoy the moment. These milestones especially with it being a team sport are special and it's one which will be very exciting once it happens."
This article first appeared on NRL.com