Gold Coast Titans coach Justin Holbrook has described his side’s annihilation at the hands of the Manly Sea Eagles as one of the worst performances he’s ever seen.
The Titans came out firing in the first half to go into the sheds with a 24-8 point lead, but the second forty was a different story altogether.
Manly ran in nine tries in the second half to storm home with an astonishing 56-24 point win at Cbus Super Stadium.
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Speaking following the game, a disappointed coach Justin Holbrook struggled to hold back his emotions.
“It’s the lowest I’ve felt watching that second half unfold,” he said.
“It was horrible… For 40 minutes we didn’t get it back. First half we were on top early then the momentum went their way, and then we fought it back and put ourselves in a great position.
“Then right from the start of the second half, they got on top and we couldn’t do a thing to stop it. Completely out of sorts.”
Holbrook said he felt like the side had let the entire club and its fans down, with more than 14,000 people turning out to watch the Sunday afternoon home game.
“I don’t think they gave up, they just didn’t know what they were doing and it showed defensively,” he told reporters.
“They were cutting us open everywhere, all over the field. All of a sudden we went from defending as a team in the first half to defending by ourselves poorly in the second and it showed.
“We let ourselves down and everyone involved in our club… It is unacceptable and we’ve got to look at ourselves.”