Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
For the majority of season 2022 the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs have sat firmly at the bottom of the NRL ladder with the likelihood of ever escaping 16th place growing slimmer by the round.
Granted they were just one win behind the Gold Coast Titans for much of this period but poor performance after poor performance had many people doubting the Bulldogs chances of winning another game this season.
However, this was all flipped on its head on Monday afternoon as the Bulldogs would not only beat but dominated top eight side the Parramatta Eels 34-4 in a shocking display that saw Michael Potter’s side get their third win of the season and move off the bottom of the ladder on for and against.
The Bulldogs well and truly deserve to be rid of the wooden spoon favourites tag following their gargantuan victory that now sees them sitting in 15th place on the NRL ladder after 14 rounds with one team beneath them in the Gold Coast Titans.
In 2022 the Titans broke a half-decade-long finals drought and many believed that they were building towards being premiership contenders in the near future.
Not only is that now highly unlikely but it seems the Titans are headed in the exact opposite direction as they find themselves at the bottom of the ladder and for the second time this season have earned the title of wooden spoon favourites.
The Titans most recent outing saw them lose 30-16 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
After the game coach Justin Holbrook spoke to the media about his team’s poor form.
“I’m not happy about where we’re sitting,” said Holbrook.
“When I said (I was) safe – since I’ve been in charge here we’ve gone from last to ninth, ninth to eighth, and naturally you want to get better again this year and we had high hopes for that, and probably for a million reasons it hasn’t happened.
“We’ve got to get the guys experience, but it’s hard learnings for us.”
The Titans will look to get back to winning ways against the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks this Saturday afternoon.