Justin Holbrook has criticised the ‘dumb’ errors from his side on Sunday night, with a loss to the Dragons placing immediate pressure back onto the Titans coach.
After bouncing out to an early 10-point lead, Gold Coast gave up five unanswered tries at Kogarah Oval and were on the receiving end of a 32-18 loss.
Multiple costly errors, including failing to find touch twice from a penalty and an attempted short dropout failing to go the required 10 metres, there was plenty of reason for Holbrook to be left frustrated.
Speaking to the media after the game, Holbrook was left dejected and searching for answers.
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“I thought we did really well to get to 12-2 and then we just couldn’t control them through the middle…once they got control of the game, we couldn’t get it back,” Holbrook said.
“I’m not too sure…it was really difficult for us tonight. We did a lot of dumb things and put a lot of pressure on the middles.
“I’m not here to make excuses, but we lost a starting a middle during the week, Tino was crook as and probably shouldn’t have played. We had to control the game – we weren’t good enough to hold them out tonight.
“That’s what hurt us tonight, we were a bit light on in the middle and we made it very hard for ourselves with getting a lot of those things wrong.
“[It is a] good learning curve for us and we’ve got to bounce back next week.”
While the Titans produced a gutsy Round 1 victory over the Tigers, the were outclassed against a strong St George Illawarra outfit and things won’t get any easier over the next two rounds.
Gold Coast will now take on the Storm and Cowboys in consecutive weeks, before a much-needed bye in Round 5 could give them time to reset.
Titans captain Tino Fa’asuamaleaui admitted the side need some major improvement and took ownership for his individual performance against the Red V.
“I was a bit crook [during the week] but had to be better today,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter, no excuses – I had to make sure I got my job right and I didn’t do it tonight. I’ll back it up next week and make up for it.
“It’s on us in the second-half, we had to come out and make sure we changed that and I thought we almost did, but we let it go and they started piling on the tries.
“We made it hard for ourselves and it’s a good reality check for us – we’re lucky it’s only early in the year.”
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