When it rains, they say, it pours. But for Wests Tigers fans, it didn’t pour for long enough.
The Tigers finally broke a 167-minute tryscoring drought on Friday night when Chris Lawrence barged through in the 58th minute of their NRL match against Gold Coast.
It kickstarted an avalanche of points as the hosts turned a 17-point deficit into a one-point lead heading into the final ten minutes.
But a lapse in concentration allowed Titans winger Anthony Don to atone a previous mistake with a match-winning try and consign the Tigers to their fourth loss on the trot.
Five-eighth Mitch Moses said it was yet another harsh lesson in what has been a steep curve for the side’s cascade of youngsters.
“It’s disappointing to get back in the lead there with 15 minutes to go and then let it slip,” he said.
“It’s a learning curve for us. It just shows you can’t let a team lead by that much and then expect to win.”
Despite six of their eight losses coming by ten points or less, the Tigers remained pinned in the bottom half of the NRL ladder.
Coach Jason Taylor said he was concerned about frustration growing within the squad after displaying so much effort for very little reward.
“Our biggest danger right now is dropping our heads and going off in different directions,” he said.
“It’s really important that we stay positive and stay united and keep heading down the path we’re heading.
“Everyone believes in what we’re trying to do. It’s a clear path that we’re on.
“It’s tough. You don’t do this overnight. It’s just something we’ve got to keep at.”
Moses was one of the Tigers’ best against the Titans, exhibiting his trademark zip around the mark and asking plenty of questions of Gold Coast defence, and paid tribute to Taylor’s patience through the side’s barren run.
“JT’s backed me and Luke (Brooks) and all the young boys here, he’s backed us 100 per cent,” he said.
“We know as long as he’s happy with us, we’re happy. We’re not looking into what the fans or media say.
“As long as JT’s okay, we’re happy with that.”