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'We learned a lot': Young spine takes plenty from Canberra finish

It may have been a disappointing ending for the Titans in Canberra, but Gold Coast rake Erin Clark feels the young spine will learn plenty from what transpired in the second half.

The No. 9 also feels the quick five-day break before facing the Wests Tigers on Thursday will help the side bounce back after the narrow two point loss. 

"I think the short turnaround helps. We get to play in five days so you can redeem yourself in that sense, but we learned a lot, especially with the youngest spine we have and how to close out a match," Clark said.

"You see Jack Wighton for Canberra… he kicked well for them and just played a field position game.

"They came out with the win so for us as a spine, we definitely took a lot out of it and hopefully we get better every week."

Despite forced changes to the dominant positions on the field for this week's Thursday night clash due to injury, a handy new recruit will fill the No. 1 jersey after Jayden Campbell was ruled out after playing on in the second 40 against the Raiders with broken ribs.

"He did well to battle through a couple of broken ribs that he got on Saturday. With Jayden and the talent he brings, we’ll definitely miss it, but it's good to have someone like Jamayne (Isaako) to fill those shoes.

"He's well experienced and he's such a natural talent so it's only going to benefit us.

"He's been in a lot of professional environments like the Kiwis and has played in a couple of good teams, so he’s been able to get up to terms pretty quickly."

Preparing for his fourth game of the new season as the starting hooker, Clark has really relished his third season at the club.

"Yeah, I'm enjoying it. I've got a good bunch of boys around me and great coaching staff to support me in that," Clark said.

"I'm still learning every week trying to get the simple things right. If I can get my passing right as well my tackling, then hopefully I can build off that throughout the year."

 

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