Disappointed Titans coach Garth Brennan says his team failed to handle a significant momentum swing midway through the first half of their 30-14 loss to Wests Tigers at Tamworth.
Coming off the back of impressive wins over Penrith and Newcastle, the Titans raced to a 14-0 lead but a run of penalties leading to the Tigers' first try eventually saw them concede six straight tries.
"There was a bit of a momentum swing in that first half and we just didn't handle it real well," Brennan said.
"A string of penalties against us, weight of possession against us, and we didn't handle it well enough.
"I wasn't surprised [we were down at the break], we just didn't handle that period in the first half well enough.
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"We tend to panic and we gave away too many penalties with poor discipline trying to force our way back into the game instead of rolling the sleeves up and doing some hard work. You can't do that in the NRL."
He wasn't happy with the team's attack either as a glut of possession late in the game failed to produce points.
"We just didn't execute well at all, we were too sideways, we were trying to force things, kicks on play three, offloads, things that weren't part of our processes," he said.
Brennan refused to blame halfback Ash Taylor, who had an off night, describing his performance as "mixed".
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The whole playmaking roster has had plenty of disruptions and Taylor himself has battled a few injuries.
"I probably do [expect more from him] but he's had a few injuries this year and he's not quite there and doesn't have the confidence to come up with the plays that he'd like to but I'm not too concerned at this point," Brennan said.
The return of Jarrod Wallace from suspension for next week's clash with the Cowboys will give the Titans a boost and Brennan said both Keegan Hipgrave and AJ Brimson are a chance of returning from injury.