Kieran Foran’s fight to extend his NRL career appears to have taken a major blow after the veteran playmaker suffered a suspected pectoral injury in Canterbury’s 18-14 loss to Gold Coast.
- Kieran Foran, who is off contract at the end of the season, left the field in the second half
- The defeat was the Bulldogs’ sixth straight, leaving the club planted in last place on the ladder
- The Titans have now posted consecutive wins for the first time this season
Foran had willed the Bulldogs back into a dour contest in Homebush on Saturday afternoon when he barged over from close range to pull his team within four points of the Titans midway through the second half.
But the off-contract 30-year-old left the field soon after following an attempted tackle on Titans fullback AJ Brimson, immediately raising fears of another right-shoulder issue.
As Foran was being attended to by medical staff, the Titans restored their eight-point advantage with a unique try to Anthony Don, set up by a cross-field kick from wing partner Corey Thompson.
Canterbury playmaker Lachlan Lewis set up a grandstand finish when he breezed past Gold Coast opposite Jamal Fogarty in the 72nd minute, however the Titans held on to claim consecutive wins for the first time in almost 18 months.
Fogarty was among Gold Coast’s most impressive performers, with front rower Moeaki Fotuaikia also shining with a match-high 201 metres off the bench.
It is the sixth straight defeat — and 12th in 13 matches — for the Bulldogs, who remain on track to finish with the wooden spoon for the first time since 2008.
The loss was compounded by the injury to a luckless Foran, whose contract expires at the end of the season and is looking for a new club.
It took just three minutes for the Titans to open up the Bulldogs’ defence, with second rower Beau Fermor bursting 80 metres down the left flank for Thompson to touch down two plays later.
Fermor continued to make his presence felt when he pounced on a Fogarty grubber in the 21st minute.
The Bulldogs appeared to get back into the contest when, after Titans duo Jaimin Joliffe and Brian Kelly exited with ankle injuries, Foran fired a cut-out pass for Nick Meaney to post their first points.
But the Titans claimed an eight-point lead at half-time when Fogarty burned Marcelo Montoya on the first play off a scrum to score in the corner.