Origin snub behind Titans shocker
TITANS coach Garth Brennan says Sunday's loss to the Broncos will serve as a big lesson for halfback Ash Taylor.
The Gold Coast's finals hopes took a hit when they sunk to a 34-0 defeat at the hands of Brisbane, placing them eight points outside of the top eight.
Taylor came under fire for his performance at Cbus Super Stadium, in what was one of the young halfback's worst games of the season.
Just one week after he was in talks to come into the Queensland Origin team, Taylor had an error-riddled night against his old club and failed to help the Titans fire.
Brennan questioned after the match whether the disappointment of missing his Origin debut had hurt Taylor, but said it also served as a massive lesson for the 23-year-old.
"He was talked about for Origin III and maybe he had a bit of disappointment about that," Brennan said.
"But they're things that maturity will hopefully (help) him adapt to those disappointments throughout his career.
"He's going to have a lot more disappointments throughout his career than that. He'll be the first to say his performance wasn't where it needed to be, there's no doubt about that."
Brennan said, however, that Taylor was not solely to blame for the match, with the whole team failing to put up enough of a fight against their Queensland "big brothers".
With a clash against the fifth-placed Roosters looming on Sunday, Brennan said he would have a catch up with Taylor to talk about what went wrong against the Broncos.
But he said overall, he knew Taylor would be more disappointed than anyone in how he played and the young half would know what he has to do.
"Ash wouldn't be happy with his performance," he said.
"He knows himself. Players know when they have a good game or don't. He'll learn from that and move on to next week with the Roosters."
Meanwhile, Taylor's halves partner AJ Brimson has been given the green light from the Titans to play in the Queensland under 20s clash on Wednesday.
Coach Justin Hodges unveiled his line-up on Monday with Brimson to feature in the halves alongside Cowboys young gun Jake Clifford.
Promising Broncos forward Patrick Carrigan has been named to captain the side against the NSW under-20s in the curtain-raiser to Origin III at Suncorp Stadium.