Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Since the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs pulled off a huge upset victory against the Parramatta Eels in early June the Gold Coast Titans have been unable to escape the bottom of the ladder.
They have suffered some big losses during this time including a thrashing at the hands of bottom eight side the Newcastle Knights in their most recent outing where Newcastle’s wingers Edrick Lee and Dom Young were able to combine for eight tries.
However, the Titans now find themselves above 16th place for the first time in over a month through the two points they were given for their bye in round 17 as they have a better for and against than the Wests Tigers, who after starting the season with five straight losses once again find themselves on the bottom of the NRL ladder.
Brett Kimmorley’s side played the Parramatta Eels last weekend and we’re admittedly the better side for periods of the game but we’re unable to beat the team they got their first win against in 2022.
It is becoming apparent that the wooden spoon will likely be decided by which bottom four side has the worst for and against and that is precisely why the Tigers find themselves in last place on the ladder right now and must be considered wooden spoon favourites with a points differential of -196.
Reports have circulated recently that Tigers head of football Tim Sheens has put his hand up to coach the club after leading them to their first premiership back in 2005.
Sheens has not coached in the NRL since leaving the Tigers in 2012 but has had jobs in Super League and the Championship.
At this point of the season with the Tigers in their current predicament Sheens would certainly have his hands full if he were to take on the role of head coach at the club so he may focus more on next season and hopefully getting the Tigers in a position where they can push for a first finals series since he was last at the helm.
The Tigers next game will be against ladder leaders the Penrith Panthers.