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'Hopefully it's not my last game with the club'

Titans trainers had to stitch up Anthony Don's mouth. Photo:Getty Images
Titans trainers had to stitch up Anthony Don's mouth. Photo:Getty Images

THE Gold Coast finally had a go but it may not have been enough to save Neil Henry's coaching career after the injury-ravaged Titans fell 30-8 to Parramatta.

It was their fifth straight loss, and possibly the last game of Henry's tenure, but for the first time in a month the Titans showed some heart at a near-empty ANZ Stadium.

Maybe the Titans felt guilty when the reality of their player revolt became public, thrusting Henry's future into the spotlight.

"That's the best energy we've had for a while. The effort was there. The boys were trying very hard for each other," Henry said.

"I've got to represent the club and get these boys playing the football they can play. I'll get on with it. I'm looking forward to doing that.

 

Neil Henry faces a nervous wait as a dark cloud hangs over his job as head coach. Photo:Getty Images
Neil Henry faces a nervous wait as a dark cloud hangs over his job as head coach. Photo:Getty Images

"Hopefully it's not my last game with the club. I'm contracted and want to stay here. I'm determined to stay there until I'm told otherwise.

"The players know we're trying to build something on the coast. It's a plan and transition period. There's enough to suggest the team's got a good future."

Whatever it was, the Titans of old showed up and had a crack despite fielding one of their weakest teams of the season.

Jarryd Hayne (ankle) missed another showdown with his former club after a week of turmoil following the eruption of his very public feud with Henry.

Joining him as a late withdrawal was Origin prop Jarrod Wallace (knee) and the Titans lost centre John Olive after just seven minutes, forcing Henry into a major reshuffle.

The Titans scrapped and toiled without much luck. The slick attack they boasted earlier in the season has disappeared during the past five weeks.

 

Semi Radradra steamrolls Ash Taylor. Photo:Getty Images
Semi Radradra steamrolls Ash Taylor. Photo:Getty Images

It wasn't an insipid loss like those to the Tigers, Broncos and Dragons in recent weeks, but the Titans have conceded 176 points in their past five matches to show there is serious problems with their defensive systems.

Henry will learn his fate in the coming days when the Gold Coast's board members meet again.

His three-year head coaching stint at the Titans could be over and Hayne could also be free to leave if his influence is deemed too poisonous.

"We're both contracted and professional," Henry said of his relationship with Hayne.

"We're getting on. We talk game plans, he gets out there and does it.

"It's a pity he wasn't there to play his former club. Hopefully he's right next week."

The Titans have produced wins against the Storm and Sharks this season but their past month has been a concern, although injury crushed any chance they had of upsetting the Eels last night.

Olive's sickening elbow injury saw No. 6 Tyrone Roberts shift to fullback and a rampaging Tepai Moeroa strolled straight past Kane Elgey at five-eighth to open scoring.

Parramatta prop Daniel Alvaro went through the Gold Coast's left side again to give the Eels a 12-0 lead at the break.

Eels sub Will Smith brushed aside four Titans defenders, including Elgey, before Semi Radradra received a slice of luck from The Bunker to make it 24-0.

Prop Ben Nakubuwai scored on debut for the Titans and they had numerous chances without being able to penetrate Parramatta's line before William Zillman scored late, only for Smith to score a sensational second.

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