The old adage “the more you win, the closer you are to a loss” has been embraced this week by Gold Coast.
Titans NRL coach Neil Henry reckons it is just a matter of time before Cronulla’s club-record 15-game winning run comes to an end.
And he is keeping his fingers crossed it occurs on Monday night on the Gold Coast.
The Titans have won two straight game to move to seventh on the table, keeping alive hopes of their first finals berth since 2010.
It pales in comparison to the Sharks’ ladder-leading run.
Not that Henry is fazed.
“It means they are closer to a loss, surely,” Henry said of Cronulla.
“Sooner or later – we hope on Monday – their run ends and that we are the team that can do it.”
Written off as early wooden-spoon favourites, Gold Coast have surprised critics by staying in sight of a rare top-eight finish.
Six rounds remain this season but Henry believes the Sharks clash will show whether the Titans are worthy of finals action.
“It’s a test of character and how good we are,” Henry said.
“The streak is irrelevant to us – it’s a game we need to win.
“The streak gives them confidence to play good footy for a number of weeks.
“We haven’t got that; we need to back up.
“They (Cronulla) are playing with a lot of confidence – it’s a great challenge.”
Henry did concede Gold Coast and Cronulla were two of the form teams of the competition – not that anyone called it.
“You wouldn’t have thought it,” Henry said of Cronulla and Gold Coast’s unlikely runs.
“It probably deserves a better timeslot than Monday night but hindsight is a wonderful thing.”