Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter has given full credit to Gold Coast for trouncing them on home turf, saying his squad weren’t in control on the field.
The Titans beat the Tigers 22-6 at Leichhardt stadium on Sunday in a fast and physical match fraught with controversy and injuries.
The visitors controlled play from the outset, leading 10-0 at the interval despite having to contend with the loss of halfback Albert Kelly (leg) and the sin-binning of co-captain Nate Myles for for a professional foul on Martin Taupau.
“Early I thought they were all over us,” Potter said after the game.
“I was disappointed at the result. I wasn’t disappointed at the effort, but I don’t think we worked as a team today.
“Whether it was a result of Titans building pressure on us, we lacked energy, or whether it was us not investing enough energy in ourselves early. You could look at it both ways.
Potter said he told the squad at halftime they needed to step up the intensity and generate more ruck speed if they had a chance regaining the lead against the surprise-packet Titans, who now top the ladder with Canterbury and Manly.
“They are a team that can frustrate and I think they’ve ground out some wins over the last few weeks,” he said.
“At the back-end of sets and at times I thought there were a lot of calls going their way, but that’s the flow of the game.
“It rolled for them, and they probably deserved it more than us.
“The other team need to be congratulated on how they started the game. They started really fast and with intensity.
“We were just a little off, and you only have to be a little bit off. We were already down 16 points by the time we realised what was going on.”
Winger Pat Richards was equally disappointed with his team’s performance.
“It’s not what we’ve dished up the first seven rounds of the competition. All the boys are very disappointed,” Richards said.
“That second half we just gifted them too much ball. We dropped too much ball in our own half and you can’t do that, especially when you were chasing the game.”