Titans hamstrung by stuttering schedule
GOLD Coast coach Neil Henry says his side's stop-start schedule is contributing to the Titans' faltering season.
The 12th-placed Gold Coast plays the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday after having last week off due to the representative round.
Next week comes a home game against Manly, followed by a bye in round 12.
"If we can get our energy up and pick up the four points from the next two games it would be fantastic going into the bye," Henry said.
"The next two weeks are quite crucial for the club if we're going to hang around the top eight."
The ladder-leading Melbourne has strong form in the Sunshine State, winning 11 of its past 12 fixtures at Suncorp Stadium and its past five games in Queensland.
The Titans have struggled at Suncorp, winning only six of their previous 18 matches.
"It's going to be a challenge (playing the Storm). It's their home game but at least it is up here in an environment we're a little bit more familiar with," Henry said.
Last weekend's cocaine scandal has left both sides without key forwards - Jesse Bromwich for the Storm and Kevin Proctor for the Titans.