NRL: The Bulldogs have won their second game in a row against the Titans.
JARRYD Hayne says he has been unable to shine in a struggling Gold Coast team after the Titans hit another low with a 26-14 loss to Canterbury.
Hayne could have put a tumultuous week behind him with a star performance following the sacking of coach Neil Henry but buckled as the Titans slumped to their sixth straight defeat.
The loudest noise from the 10,877 at Cbus Super Stadium came when the maligned Hayne kicked the ball into the third row on the full.
It was so loud it sounded like both Titans and Bulldogs fans were jeering Hayne and they erupted again when he threw a blatant forward pass.
Hayne, 29, has looked far from the two-time Dally M medallist who left the NRL in 2014 to pursue a career in the NFL, barely firing a shot for the Gold Coast this season despite his $1 million salary.
“It’s a team effort,” Hayne said when asked about his impact this year.
“As a whole squad we haven’t achieved what we wanted to achieve at the start of the year.
“It doesn’t matter what individuals you’ve got in the team, it’s about everyone banding together and sticking to the process.
“It was always going to be tough coming back in that first pre-season and not having done one in two years. I was under no illusions.
“I knew what I was capable of. As a whole we probably haven’t reached the mark we wanted to reach this year.”
Hayne and Henry’s public feud came to a head this week when the coach was sacked with a year to run on his contract.
In an explosive press conference, Hayne insinuated Henry had been leaking information to media but said he went into the Bulldogs game in a good headspace.
“I felt all right,” he said.
“The biggest thing was playing footy. That’s what helps the most.
“It’s always tough when you’re chasing points. For myself, when you’re in that mode of pushing the pass it’s obviously risky.
“There were a couple of times where I had to make a play and it wasn’t to be.”
There was no bounce back from the Titans following Henry’s sacking and whoever assumes the coaching reigns at the Gold Coast next season has an almighty job on their hands to turn the club around.
The Bulldogs went into the game having scored just 308 points in 2017, by far the least of any team, but bolted out to a 20-0 first half lead and looked like the Harlem Globetrotters of rugby league.
An energised Titans side emerged in the second half, Tyrone Roberts getting them on the board within five minutes and Anthony Don scoring soon after to make it 20-10.
A shoulder injury to hooker Nathan Peats stifled the Gold Coast’s momentum and Ash Taylor’s brain snap delivered Josh Morris the clincher for Canterbury.
“They are a shattered group at the moment,” interim Titans co-coach Terry Matterson said.
“We’re in a really tough place at the moment. It’s not easy, there’s no doubt about that, but they’re paid to go out and play footy.
“Five weeks ago we were ranked second for tries scored, now we’re eleventh. We’ve completely lost our confidence and haven’t been able to find it again.”
The Titans will finish their season against the top-four ranked Roosters in Sydney next Saturday.
CANTERBURY 26 (W Hopoate 2 D Klemmer M Montoya J Morris tries A Elliott 2 M Mbye goals) bt GOLD COAST 14 (A Don T Roberts P Sami tries T Roberts goal) at Cbus Super Stadium. Referee: Chris James, Gavin Reynolds. Crowd: 10,887.
Originally published as Hayne flops as Dogs pile on pain for Titans