TITANS coach John Cartwright admits the Titans wasted a golden opportunity to storm back into the NRL finals race with a limp loss to Canberra on Sunday.
The Gold Coast side have slumped to their 7th loss from eight matches and their sixth-straight defeat at home after being outgunned 36-20 by the Raiders.
The Titans were unable to put on the magical performance needed to stop an in form Anthony Milford, who scored two tries and had a hand in two others.
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It was an awful performance from the Gold Coast side, missing 41 tackles as the Raiders split them open time and again in the second half.
If the Titans had been able to take out the match they would have moved to equal 7th on the NRL ladder, but they now remain two points adrift of the top eight.
From a 10-6 lead midway through the first half, the Titans conceded five of the next six tries before a consolation four-pointer after the final siren.
“We wasted a really good opportunity,” Cartwright said.
“That was a very winnable game.”
He said he had no answer for his side’s capitulation, coming just a week after a tough away win over the Rabbitohs.
“I wish I knew,” he said.
“I think we were only ever in it on the scoreboard. There’s no excuses.”
Adding injury to insult, fullback William Zillman suffered another hamstring strain late in the match and is likely to miss next week’s clash with Newcastle.
With David Mead suffering a leg injury at training during the week, Cartwright said winger Kevin Gordon shaped as the man most likely to fill the No.1 jumper next week.