Gold Coast Titans coach Justin Holbrook says his facet’s last-gasp elimination ultimate loss to the Sydney Roosters goes to “harm for a very long time”.
The Titans defied the percentages to sneak into the play-offs final week and went toe-to-toe with the fifth-placed Roosters for many of the 80 minutes on Saturday.
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With the scores tied up at 24-all, Roosters rookie Sam Walker booted a area purpose to offer his facet the lead. The Tricolours seemed dwelling, till the Titans made a break down the left edge and had an opportunity to assault the road.
With defenders swarming to him on the best, centre Patrick Herbert inexplicably selected to not go to an unmarked Corey Thompson and was tackled in need of the road within the dying seconds, ending the Titans’ hopes of scoring, and certainly, their season.
After the sport, Holbrook was misplaced for phrases.
“I do know it’s a part of our job nevertheless it’s exhausting to come back in right here now ten minutes after that. It’s exhausting to consider one thing to say, to be trustworthy,” he mentioned within the post-match press convention.
“I’m simply shattered. It was there to be received. We might be sitting right here so glad, however we’re not. We’re out.”
The Titans, enjoying of their first ultimate since 2016, confirmed appreciable resilience to get better from a ten-point deficit incurred within the first half. They later clawed again to attract stage with ten minutes remaining.
“I’m actually happy with the boys, we stored coming again, we chased all of them recreation. It’s simply heartbreaking,” Holbrook mentioned.
“Our complete metropolis of the Gold Coast actually bought behind us this week. I’d like to be enjoying subsequent week.
“It’s exhausting to absorb.”
Holbrook felt his facet fell sufferer to unfair refereeing.
“I don’t need to say an excessive amount of (however) evidently everytime you play the massive sides, you don’t get the calls. I’ve mentioned it plenty of occasions, however anyway,” he mentioned.
“It’s in our fingers, we must always’ve performed higher and I’m not sitting right here speaking about selections. If we handed the ball on the finish, I’m sitting right here saying it’s one of the best win we’ve ever had as a membership.
“It wasn’t to be so we’ve bought to suck it up. It’s going to harm for a very long time. We’ll come again subsequent 12 months and do all of it once more.”
It was the third event this 12 months that the Titans had misplaced a recreation by one level. Holbrook mentioned he hoped the newest heartbreak would spur his troops subsequent season.
“We simply couldn’t get it executed once more. It’s a large studying curve. There’s no tougher studying curve than ending your season by some extent,” he mentioned.
“It’s a giant driving drive for subsequent 12 months. We’ve bought to get higher.”