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Error-prone Titans gift Warriors NRL win
The return of first-choice halves Ash Taylor and Tyrone Roberts was not enough to stop Gold Coast bumbling to a 26-10 loss to the Warriors in Auckland and setting an unwanted club record.
Almost comically bad under the high ball, the last-placed Titans gifted victory on a platter to the home side on Friday night to make it four losses from four.
No Gold Coast team has started a season this badly and coach Garth Brennan faces a major salvage job if the Titans are not to spend 2019 in the competition cellar.
Taylor and Roberts came through unscathed in their returns from injury but had little impact, with the Titans undone by their 69 per cent completion rate.
Their largesse was gratefully accepted by the Warriors, whose own campaign looked close to fragmenting after conceding 80 combined points in consecutive losses to the Tigers and Sea Eagles.
While far from perfect, the hosts more closely resembled the team that thumped the Bulldogs in the first round at the same Mt Smart Stadium venue.
The first of four tries went to Peta Hiku via a slick Blake Green cut-out pass before David Fusitu’a lodged his first score of the season after a neat Roger Tuivasa-Sheck backline injection.
Up 12-0 at half-time, the Warriors looked to have sealed the outcome when Tuivasa-Sheck scored from a Green inside pass.
The visitors duly enjoyed their best period, setting up tries to wingers Dale Copley and Anthony Don in the space of four minutes.
But second rower Tohu Harris completed the scoring in easily his best Warriors outing this season, shunting aside Taylor on his way to the tryline.
Harris was part of an impressive left edge which featured five-eighth Chanel Harris-Tavita in a promising debut.
The 20-year-old, who replaced fellow youngster Adam Keighran, landed five of his six shots at goal and made a number of lively bursts.
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