Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
This season we have seen both the Wests Tigers and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs spend lengthy periods on the bottom of the NRL ladder.
For the first few weeks of the season the Tigers languished at the bottom of the pack before stringing a couple of wins together which put the pressure on the Bulldogs who failed to find form until last month when they dominated the Parramatta Eels and then the Tigers which saw them rise up the table.
After the Bulldogs finally found their spark it was thought that the wooden spoon race would get much closer and while it has to an extent current 16th placed side the Gold Coast Titans are getting quite ‘comfortable’ in the position.
Justin Holbrook’s side lost to top-four side the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks in a close encounter before representative round which the Titans would have seen as a result to build on against bottom four and at a stretch wooden spoon contenders the Newcastle Knights in their next outing.
However, Newcastle dominated the Gold Coast 38-12 on Friday night and the Titans have officially hit rock bottom which means that they keep the unenviable title of wooden spoon favourites.
Following the loss, rumours have run rampant that Holbrook is set to be released from his role as head coach before the Titans next game.
In a recent interview with The Courier-Mail Holbrook has denied these rumours.
“I haven’t heard a thing from anyone at the club – I am confident I will be coaching the Titans next year,” Holbrook said.
“I would like to think with the history I’ve had here, I’ve done enough to keep coaching.
“I honestly don’t know where the rumours (about him being sacked) are coming from.”
Titans chairman Dennis Watt has also commented on the speculation surrounding Holbrook’s future as well as the club’s current form.
“There have been no decisions at all,” said Watt.
“No one has spoken, no one has met.
“We have no planned meetings or discussions with Justin at the minute.
“We are disappointed with performances.
“We are reviewing the season and we are looking for a strong finish from here.”
The Titans have a bye this weekend before a huge clash with local rivals the Brisbane Broncos in round 18.