Heighington wants wins, not milestones
Chris Heighington wanted nothing more than to help his Cronulla Sharks earn their first victory of the 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership season in his 250th game on Saturday night.
And it all seemed to be going to plan for the experienced forward until Titans flyer James Roberts ran away with an interception to spoil the party.
"Yeah it's a bit hard," Heighington told NRL.com after the game.
"We put ourselves in a position to win and we didn't do that.
"After half time I thought we were disappointing. We let them back in the game where we were probably dominant in the first."
Asked about how it felt to notch up 250 NRL games the ex-Tiger said he was nervous going in to the match.
"I'm glad I've got it out of the way now, it's a good milestone to think about later in life but at the moment I'm just trying to get a win for the Sharks."
Unfortunately for Cronulla they will remain near the bottom of the ladder for at least another week until they take on the Roosters next Sunday at Allianz Stadium.
Heighington admitted his team has a few things to work on before taking on the in-form Roosters.
"Just simple mistakes, attention to detail in defence and attack and just knowing the roles within the team," he said.
"We've got a really good squad so we should be doing a lot better than what we are... Roosters next week so we'll have to be better.
"But you know we're definitely not lacking effort that's one good thing I suppose."
An improved effort was one of the highlights of the Sharks' performance against the Titans, another was the impressive debut of a bright young prospect Jack Bird.
"Yeah he went well, especially in the second half there he came up with some really good plays so he's a good young kid for the future," Heighington said.