IF Saturday’s night’s form is anything to go by, South Sydney has a long year ahead of it.
Granted the NRL team that Coffs Harbour claims as its own was playing at the BCU International Stadium without star players Isaac Luke, Sam Burgess, Luke Staurt, Michael Crocker and Bowraville junior Greg Inglis but that doesn’t explain the 42-4 capitulation against Gold Coast.
A crowd of 6125 turned up to see the action as well as the new 1500 lux lights at the Stadium but those whose hearts belong to the Rabbitohs went home disappointed.
South Sydney coach John Lang was just as disappointed and he kept repeating the same word when he spoke to the media after the demolition: “Terrible.”
The only joy for the Bunnies came midway through the second half when flying winger Nathan Merritt scored the team’s sole try of the evening.
Gold Coast on the other hand had no trouble crossing the line.
Missing the services of Nathan Friend, Mark Minichiello, Anthony Laffranchi, Brad Mayers and late withdrawal William Zillamn, the Titans were able to call on some exciting youth to race in six tries in the second half including a double to popular utility Preston Campbell.
Titans coach John Cartwright was thrilled with how sharp his team played but was mindful of the fact it is still only February.
“I thought our boys looked very fit and very sharp,” Cartwright said.
“When we got on top there we had a fair bit of pace and they took advantage of it.
“The only problem with trial form is you don’t get anything for it. The plan is to continue it next week and take it into the first round.”