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If you are a player with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage then there's no better NRL round to score tries, set them up, and generally be the difference as your team breaks a four-game drought.

Welcome to Tyrone Roberts' world when he woke up on Saturday morning after a commanding five-star performance at five-eighth in the Titans' 36-18 win over Manly at Lottoland – the second game of the NRL's Indigenous Round.

"When I represent not just myself but my entire people, it's always an honour," Roberts said.

"These indigenous colours are something I hold dear to my chest. But I'm also just happy we got the win so we can keep building."

The seven tries-to-three win by the Gold Coast breathed life into the Titans' season and Roberts was in the thick of the action.

"It was something that we needed. Our confidence has been down," he said.

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"It's been a tough month and we just had a game plan to go out and compete… and we did. It just goes to show when you do compete for the whole 80 you get the result."

Some might have thought the virtual cattle-prodding by the Titans board announcing a mid-season review of the football department on the eve of the Sea Eagles match could have played its part.

"At this stage it's nothing for us to worry about because all we can control is what we do out on the field," Roberts said.

"What the board and the Titans staff have to do, I'm sure they'll do it away from the job we've got to do. We've got to turn things around further as this is only one win – a confidence booster.

"We want to keep winning."

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But he acknowledged the load coach Garth Brennan is feeling on his shoulders.

"Garth takes all the pressure. He just goes about things but doesn't tell us or put any pressure on us.

"He knows as coach that our job is to worry about the game and not worry about what's happening off-field.

"We are trying, as players, to take a bit of ownership of the team, a bit of accountability. But he's a good coach and last night he got what he deserved.

"After all the losses we sort of started to question what was going on. So I guess we just put it to ourselves to get more out of our game plans on the field. We're copping the criticism too so we wanted to do things better," Roberts said.

Roberts left the Lottoland sheds with his right knee wrapped in ice. But he said he simply "copped a cork", or hit, on the joint and will be fine for the Cowboys next week.


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