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Gold Coast forward Jarrod Wallace knows the Titans needing plenty of good fortune to reach the NRL finals is no one's fault but their own.
The 10th-placed Titans need Canberra and Cronulla to both lose their final-round game this week and then to claim a victory over the Warriors at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday to have any chance of sneaking into the top eight.
Last Thursday's agonising one-point loss to Newcastle was just the latest game in which the Titans have let an advantage slip away, having led 12-6 at halftime only to suffer a 15-14 defeat.
Wallace says it's those missed opportunities which have left the Titans' finals fate out of their hands, only increasing the frustration if they don't finish in the top eight.
"We had Broncos there in the first half, we had Souths, we also had Manly - there's six points just there," the front-rower said.
"There's been so many games that we've had a fantastic first half or we've had a fantastic second half - we lose by one point to the Roosters - it's always in the back of your mind things like that.
"If we finished off and iced some games this year, we wouldn't be in this position of waiting for other results, we'd obviously be just clear in the eight.
"Unfortunately that's rugby league ... there's moments in games that you've just got to make sure you take, so that you're not relying on for-and-against or other results."
Wallace has made 102 appearances for the Titans since joining them from Brisbane at the end of 2016 but is yet to feature in a finals match for the club.
Ironically the Titans' most recent final against the Broncos in 2016, featured Wallace on the bench for Brisbane who claimed a 44-28 win over their Queensland rivals.
Despite that drought, the 30-year-old remains optimistic about the Titans' future path.
"It hasn't been the most successful, the last five years, obviously not getting finals and unfortunately getting the old wooden spoon there as well which wasn't nice," Wallace said.
"But I knew that there was risks when I left the Broncs to come to a club that was starting to build.
"We've obviously had a few hiccups but in the last two years we've had some real promise ... we've definitely come leaps and bounds from where we've been in the last three or four years."