Jai Arrow once again shone in a losing Titans side that got thrashed 46-6 by the Eels, while Mitchell Moses and Dylan Brown showed their skills carrying Parramatta.
Arrow played 80 minutes at lock with nine runs for 79 metres, six tackle breaks and 37 tackles and was named man of the match, but Dylan Brown showed why he can be so dangerous by scoring two tries, 13 runs for 156 metres, ten tackle breaks, two line breaks and 17 tackles. His two errors weren’t too costly.
Mitchell Moses is making a serious case for State of Origin in 2020, scoring one try, 13 runs for 156 metres, one tackle break, one line break, 18 tackles and 17 kicks for 438 metres. Reed Mahoney is also making a case for Kevin Walters by scoring one try, two tackle breaks, one line break, 17 tackles in 37 minutes on the field.
Junior Paulo also carried the Eels downfield with 19 runs for 203 metres, five tackle breaks, 13 tackles playing 54 minutes, while Kane Evans was really good coming off the bench with one try, ten runs for 83 minutes, four tackle breaks and one line break.
Only one player in the Titans side ran for over 100 metres: centre Brian Kelly, who ran for 101 metres with nine runs. The next best was Moeaki Fotuaika with 97 metres and nine runs.
I feel bad for Justin Holbrook, who some people thought could turn the Titans around. They were very poor and the game stats prove that.
The Titans has 32 per cent possession throughout the game, 56 per cent completion (14 of 25), 122 runs for 1005 metres, 388 tackles, 56 missed tackles, 14 penalties conceded, 11 errors with Jarrod Wallace making the most tackles with 46.
The half-time score was 6-12 to the Eels, and from the 56th minute onwards the match was appalling, with the Titans leaking in 34 points by making what Holbrook labelled as “dumb errors”. They really showed why they’ve finished outside of the eight for so long.
Five-eighth Tyrone Roberts injured his ankle in the first half and came back on later in the game, but by then the Titans were already playing poorly and a few players were out of position.
If the Titans keep playing like this, expect lock Jai Arrow to possibly ask for an immediate release to join Souths, but I don’t think anyone knows why the Titans let Arrow leave the club. He was their best player last year and has carried his form into 2020, which shows good signs for not only Arrow himself but also Souths players, coaching staff and fans.
Kevin Procter was ruled out with a hamstring injury before kick-off, and after scoring a try Dale Copley copped one in the ribs late by Nathan Brown and did not return for the game.
The Eels will be put to the sword if they get the chance to take on Jason Taumalolo and the Cowboys should the NRL resume with Round 3, while Jai Arrow and the Titans will take on David Fifita and the Broncos if the season gets back underway later in the year.
You’d think that the Eels would take a 3-0 win streak if an when the season resumes and that the Titans would be 0-3 to start 2020 and Justin Holbrook’s NRL coaching career.