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Titans look to extend winning run
Laine Clark
18:59 AEST Mon May 28 2012

Back-to-back wins for the first time since the 2010 NRL finals have provided a spring in the step of the Gold Coast Titans.

But fullback William Zillman believes they will have to pull off something they haven't managed all season in order to down top-four outfit North Queensland at Skilled Park on Friday night.

"You have to play 80 minutes to beat them and we haven't really done that this year - consistency for the full 80 minutes is something we need to do (to be contenders)," he said on Monday.

"But winning can become contagious, as can losing.

"Hopefully this is a stepping stone to a good second half of the season."

Titans coach John Cartwright certainly liked what he saw as his side not only clinched consecutive wins with last round's 24-14 victory over Newcastle but also back-to-back triumphs on the road.

It seemed an unlikely scenario after they slumped to 1-5 earlier this season.

Since then they have won three out of five games.

"I don't think we've been going all that bad," Cartwright said.

"There's been games that were there for the taking and it's just been a bad option or decision and the game was gone.

"I can't talk high enough of the attitude of the group.

"They've knuckled down.

"We've had some tough wins away against quality opposition - it's very pleasing."

But Zillman believed the Cowboys would provide their most accurate form gauge to date.

"They are definitely one of the form sides at the moment," he said.

"We are going to have to lift a few steps if we want to beat them - but the guys can do it."