Gold Coast Titans hold 'brutal honesty session'
THE Gold Coast Titans have held a brutal honesty session in which things were said by players that can't be repeated publicly, according to club captain Nate Myles.
The no-holds-barred meeting behind closed doors was a cleansing of the soul after the Titans' sub-standard loss to Canberra on Sunday - just a week after bowling over premiership heavyweight South Sydney on the road to get their finals campaign momentarily back on track.
Both Myles and coach John Cartwright, who didn't shy away from speculation his job could be on the line with someone like Wayne Bennett coming on the open market, confirmed the players had opened up and admitted some home truths during the teams' video session on Monday morning.
"There were a few things thrown around by the players but nothing I will relay here ... there was a bit of honesty as a team and playing group about how we are playing," said Myles, who was disappointed with his own performance in the 36-20 loss. "It's a good thing to be brutally honest with each other and that's the way we're going to be."
Myles said the players had to take responsibility for the way the team was performing, not the coach or assistant coach or anyone on the club's staff.
"It's us as players who don't go out there and perform, so maybe you should be doing an article on us being replaced, not the coach," he said. "We need to go out and perform better because they (the coaching staff) do everything possible for us and we don't take more advantage of it."
Cartwright thanked Myles for his generous comments but said, as coach, the buck stopped with him.
"It (meeting) pretty much had to be brutal," Cartwright. "It hits you like a sledgehammer when you turn in a performance like that. It's my job to get the players ready physically (and) mentally ... and they weren't last weekend."
The Titans will have to battle a tidal wave of local emotion with a full house expected to turn out for the Rise For Alex (McKinnon) round with the NRL donating one dollar for every fan who turns up at a game this weekend to the injured footballer's foundation.