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Despite leading 12-10 at the half-time break, the teenage Titans were outclassed by Wests Tigers' cubs 36-12 in the curtain-raiser to the Gold Coast's Skilled Park debut at the weekend.
Murphy said his young side was improving with each match but made no excuses for the sloppy end to their final trial hitout.
"I am not offering any excuses for that, we just lost our way in the second half," said Murphy.
"We were trialling a lot of players in a lot of positions but we got a lesson today on how to stay patient and composed in a game and they did that better than us.
"We have got a lot of work to do but we will be better for that experience.
Backrower Will Matthews (calf) and centre Kingi Akau Ola (lower back) were the only major injury concerns to arise from the match. Tries to Titans whiz Shannon Walker and former Palm Beach-Currumbin student Jordan Rapana had the home team in front at the break before the Tigers made one-way traffic of the second half, running in five tries unopposed.
But it was not all doom and gloom with some good performances scattered throughout the team.