Manly’s pride jersey controversy won’t be used as an excuse by Des Hasler after a 44-24 NRL loss to Gold Coast ended the Sea Eagles’ finals hopes.
Needing a win to have any chance of staying in the race for the playoffs, the Sea Eagles were blown away at CBUS Super Stadium on Sunday by a Titans team on a 10-game losing run and playing without inspirational captain Tino Fa’asuamaleaui.
Despite that absence, Gold Coast ran in seven tries to four to secure just their fourth win of the season and move off the bottom of the competition ladder after round 22.
The defeat was Manly’s fourth in a row and came after the controversial decision by seven players to sit out the round 20 loss to Sydney Roosters rather than wear a rainbow jersey.
The 20-point loss means the 10th-placed Sea Eagles are six points outside the top eight with three matches to play.
Given the eighth-placed…