Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The Newcastle Knights have failed to win a game since round two and are currently on a seven-game losing streak that saw them earn the dishonourable tag of wooden spoon favourites last week after their poor performance against the Melbourne Storm.
Unfortunately for Knights fans, not a whole lot changed in round nine as they lost to the North Queensland Cowboys.
However, they matched up quite well with the now third-placed Cowboys in the first half which was a much-improved display from what we saw last week.
With that taken into account as well as what we have seen other teams dish up lately, Newcastle has avoided the wooden spoon favourites title this time around.
This week the Gold Coast Titans have well and truly earned their nomination as they were dominated by a Sydney Roosters side that has been clunky on many occasions this season.
Justin Holbrook’s side has the competition’s fourth-worst for and against which has been achieved by conceding at least 20 points in all but three games in 2022.
Corey Thompson's effort against towering Tupou in Mackay takes out our SEE Civil Play of the Week for Round 9 pic.twitter.com/GcFs938K3U
— Gold Coast Titans (@GCTitans) May 9, 2022
Defence isn’t their only problem though as the Titans have also failed to make less than ten errors in a single game since round five.
At the start of the season the club investing heavily in potential stars with very little experience in Jayden Campbell and Toby Sexton, with the Titans even going as far as moving Queensland State of Origin representative AJ Brimson from fullback to five-eighth to accommodate Campbell and releasing reliable halfback Jamal Fogarty to accommodate Sexton.
Not even halfway through the season and the Titans have seemed to go back on this as Campbell has been playing in the Queensland Cup competition and Kieran Foran has been signed by the club for 2023 to lead them in attack.
The signing of David Fifita has also not been successful to date as the million-dollar man has often had his involvement in games limited and has recently been shuffled around the lineup and at times has even started off of the bench.
We will see the Gold Coast take on the St George Illawarra at Magic Round next week in a winnable game that could make or break the Titans’ season.