Titans capitulate in second half
Gold Coast came to AAMI Park prepared to take the game on but a failure to do so for the entire 80 minutes ultimately sealed their fate against the Storm.
The visitors resembled witches hats at times in the second half as they helplessly watched their 8-6 halftime lead turned into a 36-14 dismantling that condemned them to their sixth loss from seven games.
The capitulation left coach Neil Henry with a simple cliché summation to make post-match.
"It was a bit of a game of two halves wasn't it?" he said.
"A pretty good first forty [minutes] and a pretty ordinary second forty. Conceding three tries in the last 10 minutes was very disappointing for the effort that had gone before.
"We turned some possession over cheaply at times instead of getting some points or repeat sets and we had some defensive issues when they switched the play.
"It is a bit of a work in progress for some of our young players as well to be consistent defensively and we weren’t today."
As the game wore on Gold Coast appeared to tire defensively, committing 18 missed tackles to seven in the second half.
They enjoyed 53% of possession but again shot themselves in the foot time and again with ill-timed errors in Storm territory.
Skipper Nate Myles withdrawing from the side for a second straight week with a shoulder injury did not help the Titans' cause, with the club is hopeful he will be available next Sunday to take on the Bulldogs.
After racing out to an 8-0 lead after 20 minutes the Titans rode their luck in the first half as the Storm had five tries disallowed, three from forward passes.
While their defence appeared somewhat shaky under pressure stand-in captain Greg Bird said the side had been confident heading into the sheds at the break.
"We felt good, we felt confident at halftime that we were playing well and deserved the lead," Bird said.
"I don't know whether a few blokes went out to defend the lead or what happened but we didn't have that tenacity or enthusiasm that he had in the first half in defence."