Titans forwards go to school on Peats
Nathan Peats may only have seven days to get to know the structures and systems in place at the Titans but his new teammates insist it is just as important that they get to know his game.
Peats will be used off the bench against the Panthers on Sunday in his first game for his new club and will only have had two field sessions to get accustomed to how the Titans like to play footy.
The 25-year-old will be the fourth player used in the hooking position by the Titans so far in 2016 and prop David Shillington said the forwards must quickly gain an understanding of how Peats likes to play if they are to be cohesive at Penrith.
"A fair bit of work goes into it because you have to know how fast he operates at dummy-half," Shillington said.
"What sort of service he's going to give you, whether it's straight off the ground, whether he's going to bring you onto the ball and how fast he gets out from behind the play-the-ball too.
"Having Tyrone [Roberts] here this year and playing with him for the first time I have to be really flat with my support on him because when he takes off he'll leave me behind. Whereas Ash [Taylor] doesn't take off at the same speed as Tyrone.
"In the same regard with 'Friendy' [Nathan Friend] and Nathan Peats, they're going to be different speeds and have different things they do so it will be important this week.
"We'll only have the two field sessions to get that rhythm and gel together so we'll have to be on our toes and pay attention to it for sure."
While Peats will take a Titans playbook home with him each day to swot up on the new calls he must learn, prop Luke Douglas said he will do some extra homework of his own to ensure he knows what to expect from Peats when he takes the field.
"That's a good point, I might do a bit of video," Douglas said of learning his new teammate's style.
"It's crucial for us forwards to get a bit of a combination with him.
"I've been watching him now for a few years and he's an outstanding player. He plays with a lot of toughness and aggression and he's great out of dummy-half so a really good acquisition for the team and looking forward to playing with him.
"[Extra video sessions] are not something we've really done. I've watched a little bit of him when he played for Parra but hopefully today and the captain's run we can start to get a bit of a combination and get to know how he plays and passes and all that sort of stuff."
After arriving on Sunday Peats was subjected to a 45-minute session on the wattbike on Monday before watching the Titans defeat the Roosters 26-6 that night at Cbus Super Stadium.
He will only have two field sessions with the team before taking to the field against the Panthers but is confident he can quickly make the adjustment to how his new team likes to play.
"I'm a footy player so I'll be able to adjust fairly quickly I reckon," Peats said.
"You've just got to learn the systems and the names of all the plays. Most clubs have the same sort of structures and plays, I've just got to learn the new names for them. I've just got to study up a bit at home but it should be easy.
"I haven't come off the bench much the last couple of years so a bit nervous about the impact I have to have but looking forward to it at the same time."