Gold Coast Titans coach Garth Brennan has delivered a scathing assessment of the side’s performance against the Sharks, describing them as “dumb” and mentally soft”.
A clearly frustrated Brennan didn’t hold back as the side slumped to its third straight loss and its seventh in nine rounds.
The Titans led 18-10 at half time after Tyrone Peachey scored in the 37th minute.
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But the Sharks quickly squared things up in the second half thanks to a double from Aaron Gray.
Tyrone Peachey then gave away a penalty in the 75th minute, gifting the Sharks two points to put them in front.
Sharks captain Paul Gallen cemented the win when he crossed in the 80th minute.
To rub salt salt in the wound for the Titans, Gallen converted his own try in what was his final ever game at Suncorp.
Brennan was seething after full-time, lamenting the side’s poor options and soft penalties.
“Dumb” is how Brennan summed it up.
“There’s guys kicking the ball on play four, penalties, discipline was poor,” Brennan said.
“This one hurts. That second half was poor. We’ve got to be smarter. We’re just dumb.”
Brennan didn’t hide his frustration at the post-match media conference.
“We’re mentally soft, we’re not a soft football team. We look for quick fixes instead of getting in the grind.
“Players have got to take accountability, there’s some talent in that football team but some players aren’t dishing up what they’re capable of doing.”
Brennan has refused to write the season off but says a top eight finish is not on their minds.
“Semi-finals are not even in the equation at the moment for us we’re just focusing on our week-to-week performance.
“I know it’s an old cliche but for us it is, we’ve got to dust ourselves off and hopefully we can take some lessons out of that second half. And we better.”
One highlight for Brennan was the debut of Jess Arthars who played 20 minutes after coming off the bench.
“He showed some class didn’t he.
“It’s a great story Jesse’s story, he’s made a lot of sacrifices in his life, he had a tough 12 months, he walked away from a deal with South Sydney just to be home with his dad and his brothers after losing his mum last year.
“You’ve got some rollercoasters as a coach and at the moment there’s some downs for me but that’s certainly a high when you can give a young kid who has worked really hard and made lots of sacrifices the opportunity to fulfil his dream.
“I thought he was really good there tonight.”