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Wallace says Titans' 2017 heroics the template to beat Storm

Titans prop Jarrod Wallace is drawing on the template of one of the club's best recent club wins as he prepares to take on the Melbourne Storm on Friday night.

The Storm, who will boast future Titans prop Tino Fa'asuamaleaui on the bench, have won their last four games against the Gold Coast.

Wallace was on fire when the Titans last beat the Storm in round 10 of 2017 with a last-gasp 38-36 win in front of more than 44,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium.

"That was a fantastic win in 2017 and I remember big Konrad Hurrell scoring in the last two minutes," Wallace reflected when he spoke to ahead of the clash at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

"Nathan Peats said he had three try assists that game and I remember it as one of the best club wins that I have been a part of at the Titans.

"They had three guys in Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith who will be future Immortals but it was a night we dug our feet and teeth in and played some tough footy.

"That is what we have to do this time – run hard, tackle hard and complete our sets – and turn up for our mate beside us. That is the only time Melbourne get beaten. It is on the back of the opposition doing all the one percenters and everything right because they will turn up every week."

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Next year boom prop Fa'asuamaleaui will be given a warm welcome by Wallace and his Titans teammates when he joins the club on a three-year deal. The welcoming party will have a different tone this time.

"It will definitely not be a happy welcoming party this week that is for sure," Wallace grinned.

"We are teammates next year but enemies this week. There will be smiles after the game but he is going to be that kind of a guy who will look to get over the top of us and prove a bit of a point.

"He'll want to impress the coaches so I know he will be firing.

"We have a real job to do in the middle on Nelson [Asofa-Solomona] and Christian Welch. They are playing outstanding footy right across the park so we won't just be worried about one player."

Wallace, who has played six games for the Maroons, is on his way back to peak fitness and form after overcoming a couple of injuries that led to him missing three games in June.

"I gained a couple of injuries that impacted my performance in the end," he said.

"My back was no good and I had a hamstring problem. I probably should have gone to Justin [Holbrook] earlier. The good thing is that he gave me a couple of weeks to get it right and asked me to earn my way back into the team.

"I got my chance and now it is time to stay here. I've got a lot more in me and I have to do my job off the bench and rip in.

"You know what you are getting from Melbourne. The last three weeks we have won one, lost one and won one but it has been really scrappy.

"If we do that with Melbourne this week they will really hurt us. We need to make sure we are building pressure and playing our best football if we are to be any chance."

The Titans have signed Knights prop Herman Ese'ese for the 2021 and 2022 seasons and Wallace wants to be part of the bright future he insists is on the horizon.

"The vision that Justin Holbrook and Mal Meninga have got is fantastic," he said.

"The young guys we will have like Moe [Fotuaika], Tino and Herman are all strong, agile, fast and with big motors.

"While they are young guys, they are getting a lot of experience in the NRL. The club is building something special and I am loving being a part of it all."

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