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Titans Stat to Fix: Goal-kicking

Justin Holbrook's first season at the helm of the Gold Coast led to promising improvement across the board, but the Titans regressed in one area: goal-kicking.

Only 65.2 percent of the Gold Coast's goal attempts (45 out of 69) went through the posts, giving them the unwanted honour of having the worst success rate in last year's competition.

It was a steep decline in performance from the tee compared to 2019, when the Titans had a healthy conversation rate of 78 percent.

Five-eighth Ash Taylor landed 36 out of his 54 shots at goal (including five penalties) at 66.6 percent.

Comparing each team's chief goal-kicker, only Newcastle's Kalyn Ponga (65.7 percent – 46 of 70 goals), Wests Tigers' Moses Mbye (64.4 percent – 29 of 45) and North Queensland's Kyle Feldt (62.1 percent – 23 of 37) had lower success rates than Taylor.

Halfback Jamal Fogarty was the Gold Coast's back-up goal-kicker, adding the extras on nine of 15 occasions (60 percent)

With Taylor and Fogarty forming a slick halves pairing in 2020, the Titans are expected to push for the finals after recruiting strongly.

But they may need to boost their goal-kicking percentages in order to win tight games against the elite teams – every top-eight side last year except the Knights converted at 77 percent or better.

South Sydney, who are blessed with the super-boot of Adam Reynolds, boasted the best percentage of 84.6.