Titans back-rower Chris McQueen believes the Titans have earned the respect of their rivals the Broncos ahead of their elimination final on Friday night.
They cared little for those who said at the start of 2016 they'd finish last, but Titans coach Neil Henry claims his players have exceeded his expectations.
The Broncos are ready to take on the Titans at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night in an elimination final that has all the makings of a classic Queensland derby.
Titans skipper Nathan Friend was a nervous man during Sunday's Raiders-Tigers clash but was thrilled to see the result ensure his own side's finals berth.
They missed another chance to qualify for the finals on Saturday night, but Gold Coast star Ryan James didn't miss his equalling a long standing record.
The Cowboys sent a warning to the rest of the competition with a a big win over the Titans, securing a top-four finish and leaving Gold Coast's hopes hanging.
North Queensland have leapfrogged Brisbane to finish fourth on the NRL Telstra Premiership ladder with a win over Gold Coast on Saturday night.
The Cowboys and Titans have both confirmed their final 17 ahead of their Round 26 NRL Telstra Premiership clash at 1300SMILES Stadium on Saturday night.
With a top four spot on offer for North Queensland and a guaranteed place in the finals the carrot for the Gold Coast, everything is on the line.
With Jarryd Hayne soaring back into the NRL and reassuming his place as a top-class fullback, and old rivalry with Johnathan Thurston is set to reignite.