KANE Elgey admits his partnership with Ash Taylor is a work in progress but says the pair will be better for their hitout against the Roosters despite the Titans' 32-18 loss.
Heading into his first NRL game in more than a year, Elgey's nerves were for his reconstructed knee but it was his pride that copped a battering as the Titans were routed in the opening 40 minutes.
"That first half was pretty embarrassing for us and we were just getting rolled through the middle," he said.
"But we set a goal at halftime to come out and win the second half, which we did.
"I know we didn't win the game but at least we can build from that and keep positive.
"Obviously it wasn't the start I wanted but we'll build, hopefully."
Elgey has been the healthiest member of the Titans' spine, which has been crippled by injuries to hooker Nathan Peats and fullback Jarryd Hayne, while Taylor had a restricted preparation due to off-season groin surgery.
"There's no excuses but I think we're going to get better," Elgey said. "It's a work in progress."
So too is Elgey's combination with Taylor, which promises plenty once they get enough game time together.
"Me and Ash have got a bit to work on but we're only young," Elgey said.
"It's going to take time but each game we're going to get better and better. If we can win next week, we'll get some confidence from that."
While pleased to have made his return, Elgey was burning after the match, disappointed not only with the Titans' loss but his own errors, including failing to find touch from a penalty kick in the first half with the Coast under the pump.
"That was just a brain explosion," Elgey said.
"In saying that, we had to score, if that pulled off, I could have been a hero.
"I guess (it's good that I'm not tentative).
"I still have to back myself but it was the wrong decision. I've learnt from that and I'll go hard at training and get better."
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