It was a dismal affair for the Titans at Kogarah oval yesterday with the St George-Illawarra Dragons absolutely pummelling them 34-6.
Sure you could come out and blame ASADA’s hijinx in destroying Luke Douglas and Albert Kelly’s career. You might even blame injuries to David Mead, Kevin Gordon, Dave Taylor and Nate Myles. Some people might even site the coaching instability as a reason for such a crippling loss. Sadly the truth of the matter is that the Titans just didn’t play very well at all.
The boys should have been playing their guts out for Greg Bird’s 200th NRL game, Daniel Mortimer’s 100th NRL game and Luke Bailey’s 150th Titans game. Instead of a brave stand in the face of a Dragons outfit gagging to get into the finals the Titans seemed to curl up and give up after the first five minutes or so.
The Titans were playing park footy. Yesterday they wouldn’t have been able to catch a cold, let alone the ball. Their attack was about as threatening as a toddler with their favourite blanky and their defence wouldn’t have been able to hold out a blind, three legged-dog. Their ineptitude was proofed by stats of 16 handling errors and 30 missed tackles.
Benji Marshall walked through to open the scoring, completely untouched, in the ninth minute and things never looked up from there.
Marshall and Josh Dugan were off injured by the end of the game but their injuries sure weren't caused by the Titans defence.
Hopefully we can put the disappointment of this year behind us, actually lock in a coach (Neil Henry? Anthony Griffin?) and sign a genuine marquee player (Karmichael Hunt? Darius Boyd?).
Can things turn around next year?