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Cartwright blasts arrogant Titans

David Beniuk 24/04/2011 07:20:16 PM Comments (0)

Furious Gold Coast coach John Cartwright blasted his side's "arrogance" as the Titans remained firmly entrenched at the wrong end of the NRL table following Sunday's last gasp loss to Parramatta.

The Titans led from the eighth until the 80th minute at Parramatta Stadium before Eels forward Shane Shackleton scored, the try coming moments after a coach-killing error from backrower Mark Minichiello.

The representative forward attempted a miracle offload on his own 40m line in the 77th minute with his side up 18-16, allowing the home side the field position to snatch the win.

"I was cranky with the arrogance of where we turned it over," Cartwright said.

"We were just not respecting the opposition, we were pushing offloads in stages of the game there at the end.

"We pride ourselves in winning tight games, we tried to offload the ball on two occasions and we came up with loose balls.

"And that was the game, it was just total disrespect for the opposition."

Fancied before the season began, Gold Coast slumped to 2-5 to be 13th and in the company of Penrith and South Sydney who also have just two wins.

Only Canberra, who blew a 12-0 lead to capitulate to Newcastle 22-12 in the national capital, sit below that trio.

"It was poor, it was lacking in basics and it was lacking in attitude," Cartwright said.

"It was an inept performance and it was just a very poor showing."

If Cartwright needed any evidence his side was disrespectful of the struggling Eels, he didn't need to look any further than skipper Scott Prince.

"With all due respect to Parramatta, if we're going to do that against good teams we're going to get our arse smacked," Prince said.

That assessment didn't rile Eels captain Nathan Hindmarsh though.

"It was a fair point today," Hindmarsh said.

"We didn't play our best footy, I think everyone could see that, we were well off.

"But I think the positive thing that came out of this game was that we hung in there."

The Eels moved to ninth on the ladder and the Knights seventh, while Melbourne and St George Illawarra can join leaders Brisbane on 12 points with games against the Warriors and the Sydney Roosters respectively on Monday.

The Rabbitohs were awaiting scans on injured duo Sam Burgess (ankle) and James Roberts (arm) but were hopeful of best possible scenarios with both.

Canterbury prop Michael Hodgson is also expected to be right after fainting during Saturday night's win over Souths.

"They seem to think maybe a middle ear infection that I wasn't aware of or ... because I'm back and forth all the time from Canberra trying to live two lives (his family lives in Canberra), they think it might even be a case of just pushing myself too hard," he told ABC radio.

"It is very bizarre. I remember absolutely everything, so they said that's good for my brain."

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