Jarrod Mullen

The questions on the minds of fans will be what if our players were not injured, as the Gold Coast Titans went down at home to the Newcastle Knights, losing the game 30-6.

The Titans side was hit by injury early on before losing three players in total, with Luke O’Dwyer (broken jaw), Matt Srama (broken hand) and Ashley Harrison (ankle) all going off the field, forcing the Titans to play a large chunk of the game with just 14 fit men.

It took its toll, as the fresh, energetic Knights side led by a resurgent Jarrod Mullen steamrolled the Titans side, as he and Darius Boyd took it upon themselves to guide the Knights to a victory.

Whilst not putting the blame solely on the injuries sustained by the trio, Titans coach John Cartwright said it played a part, as well as his side’s poor ball control.

“On a day like that, to lose three players in the first 20 minutes it’s not ideal,” Cartwright said.

“But at 12-6 with 25 minutes to go, I thought there was a big shift in momentum there. I thought that we did get back to our starting halves and that made us a little bit more stable.

“But from that point we just came up with some errors. Some bad kicks and some errors, and it was a shame the scoreboard got out to that, because the score wasn’t a reflection of that game.

“I thought at 12-6 – with everything that went against us – I really thought it was going to be a tight game. The momentum shifted and just from that moment we lost our way a little bit.

“We sort of spoke at half-time that we nearly had to play the perfect half of football with only one front-rower on the bench, we couldn’t give them any cheap ball or any cheap possession, but unfortunately that’s what we did.”

Titans captain Greg Bird echoed those sentiments, praising his side for never giving in despite the loss of three players early on.

“Ten minutes in, I looked up and we were three players down. It all happened so quick and no one, I guess out on the field really knew what had happened because we weren’t making any subs after that,” Bird said.

“A few players got moved around, I guess that’s what happens when you lose any one player but with three I guess we made quite a few shufflings.

“We went back to our most original structure as we could at half-time, but just ran out of gas at the end.

3. Jarrod Mullen
2. Darius Boyd
1. Albert Kelly

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