Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
In 2021 the Gold Coast Titans qualified for their first finals series in five years and it seemed the club was on an upward trajectory for years to come.
They had invested heavily in their youth and made what looked at first to be some great signings leading many to believe that they could one day be contending for their first premiership and at the very least would be a top-eight side in 2022.
Not only has this not been the case so far it has been far from it as the Titans currently find themselves in the bottom four with just three wins this season.
In under a year, they have gone from one of the competition’s most promising sides to one of its worst and a big reason as to why is inconsistency throughout games.
For the first five rounds this season the Titans failed to score a try in each half of a game and have continued failing to capitalise on short bursts of momentum they gain during matches.
Their most recent outing is the most blatant example of this.
In the first half of last Friday night’s game against the Brisbane Broncos the Titans dominated most of the first half scoring 18 unanswered points by the 26th minute of the game.
Most people would have expected them to go on and win the game, but not Titans fans who have seen this scenario play out on multiple occasions.
Low and behold the pessimism of the Gold Coast faithful was justified as Justin Holbrook’s side could not manage to score a single point in the second half as the Broncos scored 35 points, 31 of which went unanswered, and took away what at one point was looking like the Titans’ fourth win of the season.
Captain Tino Fa’asuamaleaui was understandably gutted after the defeat and even went as far as suggesting he should not be selected to play for Queensland in the upcoming State of Origin series.
“Honestly, I don’t think I’ll be in Origin camp the way I played then,” said Fa’asuamaleaui.
“The second half, there were a lot of things where I let the boys down and it’s something that Billy and the coaching staff and the selectors will be looking at.
“The way I performed then and the last couple of weeks haven’t been up to scratch and I’ll honestly be surprised if I’m in camp.”
Despite Fa’asuamaleaui’s comments, it is very likely he will be picked for Queensland and miss out in the Titans clash with top-four side the North Queensland Cowboys on Thursday.