The Brisbane Broncos are set for a week of practising the fundamentals after coach Wayne Bennett conceded they were more than out-enthused by the Gold Coast Titans in a 26-14 drubbing.
"We were out-everything," Bennett said wryly in his post-match press conference before going on to explain what disappointed him most.
"We can't attack unless we hold the football," he said.
"Everybody has improved defensively in the game, every year they get better, but right now you are totally exposed if you haven't got control of the ball.
"Our worst performances have been round one and round four and they have been our worst ball control performances…it all adds up."
The Broncos made 11 errors but many of them were handling mistakes at crucial moments where they had attacking opportunities but couldn’t capitalise.
Bennett was able to rattle off a laundry list of them, the same errors that plagued the side in the round one 34-12 loss to St George Illawarra.
"It is a collective problem," he said.
"Sam Thaiday runs onto the ground and drops the ball with his first carry of the game. Korbin Sims drops the ball on his first carry…that stuff is killing us.
"We get some good ball and Joe Ofahengaue drops the ball…then James Roberts drops the ball first tackle.
"It takes away everything you want to do in a game when you are down 10-nil after five minutes."
Bennett said complacency wasn’t an issue for his side and conceded the Broncos defence was passable.
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"There wasn't much I was all that excited about, and defensively we weren't too bad at certain stages, but other than that we struggled," he said.
The Broncos will play the Newcastle Knights next week in the Hunter and captain Darius Boyd said the loss to the Titans would hopefully be a rare bad day at the office for his side.
"Sometimes you've got to put those crazy games where you are dropping the ball and things aren't going well down to 'one of those days'," he said.
"It is a 26-week competition and you aren't going to be up all the time," he said.