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'Only minor details to fix': Sexton reveals honest review to bounce back

Saturday's clash against North Queensland was a tough loss for the Titans, but it's now a matter of dusting themselves off and focussing on the next challenge up against the defending premiers on Friday night.

Completing a rigorous, raw and honest review session as a group on Tuesday, the attention has now turned to how to upset the ladder-leading Penrith Panthers at home to re-join the winner's circle.

For young halfback Toby Sexton - only 11 games into his fledgling first grade career - he feels it's important the group binds together, acknowledges the disappointing performance and gets back out onto the training paddock to work hard for their next challenge at the end of the week.

"We did a bit of a review this morning, but I think it's just a matter of trying to get on with things. I guess it's Tuesday now and we've got a game on Friday and it's about just moving on and just staying connected as a group," Sexton said.

"I think the big thing is there's certain aspects in the game that we're not doing well and I think that's a big part that leads to the results going against us."

Admitting the video session after the 30-4 loss to the Cowboys was the most brutal of the season thus far given the result, the young playmaker was glad his side did sit down to discuss and address what went wrong in Townsville.

"It was pretty upfront, but it's what we needed at the same time," Sexton said.

"We can't be just forgetting about what's happened on the weekend because it's not up to standard and we've addressed that, but we're ready to move on."

'We've got to stay tight because it will turn' - Sexton

The 21-year-old feels his side isn't too far off, only needing to make minor tweaks to the game plan, including an increased emphasis on effort areas during the 80 minutes.

"We watched the video this morning and a lot of it's just our effort areas I think that are struggling, but they're only minor details that we've got to fix up," Sexton said.

"It's not these massive problems we're seeing, they're only minor things and they're easy to fix.

"We're putting the work in. It's not like we're not doing well at training. We're doing a lot of video as a team and things are going to turn sooner rather than later. I think it's just about staying confident as a group.

"I think if we can do that, it's going to go a long way to getting the result we want."

Despite the start of the season not going quite to plan, the group is still really positive about being able to turn the results around and get back to playing at the potential they know they can. 

"It's obviously tough. We've had a few tough losses, but I think that's the benefit of having a young squad (and still having high morale despite the results)," Sexton said.

"We're all really connected as a group and we know we've got to stay tight because it's going to turn sooner rather than later. We're putting a lot of work in throughout the week and we're doing a lot of right things as well.

"It's just about fixing up those little things. and it's gonna be exciting clash against Penrith."

Always wanting to improve and this week up against one of the game's most in-form playmakers in Nathan Cleary, the Titans youngster isn't shying away from the challenging, relishing the opportunity to face-off against the Origin halfback.

"It's going to be sick," Sexton admitted.

"I've watched so much video and I'm really pumped to play against him."

Whilst some people have suggested Sexton should be careful for what he wishes for, such is the strength of his character that he knows he needs to beat the best to be the best.

Be there to witness a battle of the young guns, with scintillating stars AJ Brimson and Jarome Luai headlining the Titans' Round 8 Friday night showdown against the Penrith Panthers at Cbus Super Stadium.

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