NEWCASTLE might not get a better chance to reignite their finals campaign than they will against the battered Gold Coast Titans at CBus Super Stadium on Saturday.
The Titans are reeling after suffering five casualties in their 28-14 loss to Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Their chief concern was Kiwi Test back-rower Kevin Proctor, who is nursing a groin injury after an awkward tackle that is likely to cost Storm skipper Cameron Smith a suspension.
Forwards Jarrod Wallace, Jack Stockwell and Will Matthews were all taken from the field after being concussed, while Keegan Hipwell suffered a suspected broken wrist. In addition, NSW Origin hooker Nathan Peats and Queensland Origin hopeful Jai Arrow have both been sidelined with rib injuries, while experienced first-graders Kane Elgey, Konrad Hurrell and Leilani Latu were dropped to second grade on the weekend.
After five successive defeats, the Titans would appear at a low ebb and Newcastle desperately need a win after back-to-back home losses to South Sydney and Penrith.
Titans mentor Garth Brennan, who will coach against the Knights for the first time at NRL level, said his players showed “a lot of guts” considering the adversity they encountered against Melbourne.
“It’s going to turn,” he said. “Our luck is going to turn, if we keep working hard, and we keep training as hard as the boys are doing.”