Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Justin Holbrook has been on thin ice at the Gold Coast Titans for the majority of this season and the ice may have just shattered beneath his feet.
His team were embarrassed last night by the Newcastle Knights who have also been poor for the majority of the season and are just sitting outside of the bottom four.
Newcastle ran out 38-12 winners with wingers Edrick Lee and Dominic Young combining for all eight of the Knights tries.
Lee set a new club record with his five four-pointers.
After progressing so far over the past two seasons the Titans are right back to square one and this may be their lowest point.
Fox League’s Jake Duke revealed during the network’s coverage of the game that Holbrook was furious at half-time and blasted his side in the sheds.
The 46-year-old then seemed defeated as he spoke after the game.
“I am [out of answers] tonight, definitely. In our last game we competed hard against the Sharks and then tonight we were a million miles off,” Holbrook said.
“We need to have a look at the team and who’s running out there, that’s for sure.
“We’ve got guys in positions that just aren’t doing their job well enough for the NRL. It’s a lot of individual errors and that hurts you.
“We need to make a few changes now and get back into it.”
Heading into round 16 the Titans still had a better for and against than the Tigers and Warriors who sit in 14th and 15th place on the ladder respectively and verse each other tomorrow.
If the Titans had beaten the Knights then they would have likely moved above the loser of Sunday’s game.
Not only is this no longer possible but the Titans now have a worse for and against than the Tigers and if the fight to avoid the wooden spoon remains this close then points differential could be the deciding factor in who finishes last in 2022.
The Titans have a much-needed bye next week before they host their local rivals the Brisbane Broncos in round 18.