Few positives for wounded Titans
As one of the darkest seasons in their short history approached an end the Titans were struggling to find anything encouraging to take out of a Sunday's 42-0 thrashing at the hands of the Warriors.
Effectively out of the game by half time when they trailed 30-0, the Gold Coast finished the game with 14 errors and a completion rate of just 66 per cent.
"I can't really say too much positive about getting pumped by 40," said Greg Bird, who captained the side in the absence of Nate Myles.
"We let ourselves down in the first half with the amount of points they scored.
"The big Warriors forwards, and their outside backs who come in like forwards, were ploughing through our middle.
"We knew they were going to be tough, we had to match them and I think it was pretty obvious we didn't.
"You can't take too much [positive] from it mate."
Missing a range of first-grade stars including halfback Albert Kelly and representative forwards Myles, Luke Bailey, Ryan James, David Taylor and Luke Douglas, the Titans were thoroughly outclassed on both sides of the ball.
In the aftermath Bird said the injury toll had been a contributing factor in what is their biggest loss to date in season 2014.
In a sign of just how stretched the Titans' forward pack was coming into the match, 89kg outside back Steve Michaels had to come off the bench and spend time in the back row.
"We have a lot of players out and their [the Warriors'] big guys did a number on us a bit," Bird said.
"[Shaun] Johnson with the class he has got looked like he had all the time in the world.
"We have had it tough, we have been struck with injury in positions that you can't be struck.
"Losing both captains and both halves does make it quite hard."
Caretaker coach Neil Henry, who suffered his third defeat since taking over from John Cartwright in Round 23, said his side didn't give themselves a chance thanks to clumsy errors and a lack of possession.
"I think possession [at the start of the game] was five or six sets to two and two tries, and then it was nine sets to three and three tries," he said.
"I think it was going a point a minute, 18 points in 18 minutes, so it could have been anything.
"We made an early couple of errors on kicks which I suppose gifted them good field position.
"We needed more than 50 per cent of possession but the stats will show [we didn't get it]."
The Titans had no answer for the dynamic New Zealand backline, leaking six line breaks and allowing Johnson, Manu Vatuvei, Konrad Hurrell, Ngani Laumape and Sam Tomkins to run for over 100 metres each.
"I was disappointed with our reads out on the edges. They throw a fair bit at you the Warriors with their shape and we just needed to come in on the man with the ball really," Henry said.
"We have got some players out of position but still basic football tells you that you should get that right.
"We are light on, we were certainly outweighed by the size of the Warriors' team, but that's across the park, Manu on the wing and Ngani, they are a big team."
The Titans now head home to Cbus Super Stadium where they host the Bulldogs in their final regular season game of the season on Sunday afternoon.