The Gold Coast Titans have been forced to hand back the local derby trophy after going down to the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium overnight.
With the Titans running in four tries in the first 15 minutes to gain a lead of 22-nil, it was a result no one saw coming.
But the men in blue lost momentum, allowing the Brisbane Broncos to stage their biggest comeback in club history by defeating the Titans 36-28.
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It’s the Titans third straight loss, having gone down to Manly 36-0 and South Sydney 40-30 in the past two weeks.
Coach Justin Holbrook said it’s obvious they still have a lot to work on, with the Titans having conceded a staggering 112 points in their past three matches alone.
“The minute they got the ball we couldn’t stop them, and that’s been our issue for the last few weeks now. We’re just not good enough when we don’t have the ball,” Holbrook said.
“(Poor defence) three weeks in a row, which is worrying signs, and that’s what we’ve got to fix.”
Holbrook admitted the consecutive losses are “worrying signs”.
“We just can’t stop the traffic once it’s going against us… We’re just leaking points everywhere,” he said.
“I feel like I’m back coaching under 20s footy again, the past few weeks, it’s horrible.
“We’re not defending well, it’s so obvious… It’s hard to sit here because I’ve got nothing else to say about it apart from that.”
The Titans will now turn their attention to next week’s clash against the Tigers.