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Dismal Dogs belted by Titans to move closer to club’s sixth wooden spoon

The pair spent the first half trying to send cross-field kicks to Jayden Okunbor but barely created a contest for their tall winger.

The kicks were either too shallow or from too far out, allowing the Titans to diffuse the situation with ease.

Jack Hetherington and Jarrod Wallace get into some push and shove.

Jack Hetherington and Jarrod Wallace get into some push and shove.Credit:NRL Photos

At the other end, the Dogs also looked clueless in defence. Ash Taylor played one of his better matches and he was aided by rookie Toby Sexton.

Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, Esan Marsters and Brian Kelly set up a 16-0 half-time lead and in the second half, with a jump to seventh on the ladder on the line, Greg Marzhew, Taylor and Kelly all crossed.

“We expected a big game but we needed the two points and we got it done,” Titans fullback AJ Brimson said.

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“We haven’t been consistent this year and we haven’t been going well but I think we’re in the eight now. We took a lot of confidence from this game.”

Only Bailey Biondi-Odo burrowing over from short range in the final 10 minutes stopped the Bulldogs from the ignominy of their fifth scoreless match of the season.

With five games to play, the Bulldogs trail the 15th placed Broncos by six premiership points.

In their run home, they will face the Tigers twice alongside the Warriors, Knights and Sea Eagles.

It’s hardly a horror run but if they play like they did against the Titans, they won’t improve upon the two wins currently next to their name at the bottom of the premiership ladder.

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