It has so far been a season to forget for the Penrith Panthers and it only got worse, losing 30-4 against the Wests Tigers at Suncorp Stadium.
The loss now has the Panthers firmly rooted to the bottom of the ladder, a position many thought they would not be in at this stage.
With so much talent and firepower, questions will be asked as to whether players will stick around, including those on long-term deals.
The scoring happened quickly and early, as Moses Mbye scored the first try of the game.
Capitalising on good lead up from both Tigers halves in Benji Marshall and Luke Brooks, Mbye sliced through a gap to score.
From the next set, Tigers hooker Robbie Farah pounced on poor marker defence to set up Brooks for a try.
A third try again involving Farah saw back-rower Chris McQueen make a break, before he found Esan Marsters on his outside to score.
If the Panthers fans thought it was going to get better, it only got even worse for them.
Marshall kicked a monster 40/20 from inside his own 30 and the ensuing play led a Corey Thompson try from Ryan Matterson’s cut-out pass.
The onslaught continued, as Brooks turned provider this time to find Robert Jennings in the corner to score.
A penalty goal then put the Tigers up 26-0 and the lead was essentially insurmountable.
Penrith then had at least one thing to cheer about, when Dean Whare finished acrobatically in the corner.
That would be all she wrote in terms of Penrith scoring, however, as they rarely threatened the Tigers line.
The second half was not as entertaining as the first, as errors and penalties dogged the game and poor execution.
Marsters would later grab a second try when he combined with Brooks to put the icing on the cake on the Tigers commanding win.
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary was not impressed and lamented his side for their poor start.
“Tonight was the worst that we’ve played and that first 20 minutes, you can’t just walk by that, there’s obviously some things we need to discuss,” Cleary said.
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3. Robbie Farah
2. Ryan Matterson
- Esan Marsters