Warriors reduce Titans to ashes without star playmaker

Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan admits the side was missing its spark in the absence of star player Ash Taylor in their round 2 NRL loss to New Zealand.

But he says it’s no excuse for the team’s poor performance that saw the Gold Coast remain try-less until the 77th minute on Saturday night.

Winger Anthony Don pounced on a Konrad Hurrell grubber kick to score late in the game.


A conversion and earlier penalty saw the Titans walk away 20-8 losers in front of more than 14,000 fans at Mt Smart Stadium.

It was just the third time in the club’s history, that the Warriors claimed back to back wins to start a season.

23-year-old Taylor missed the trip across the ditch as he recovers from a hamstring injury, with halves Kane Elgey and Bryce Cartwright struggling to fill the void.

“There were areas where we could’ve probably been a bit better if Ash had played but, in saying that, both Kane and Bryce did a good job,” Brennan said.

The Titans will now return home and regroup before heading up the ragne to Toowoomba, where they take on ladder leaders St George Illawarra.