Gold Coast Titans coach Justin Holbrook hit out at the officiating during his side’s 40-30 loss to the Rabbitohs.

Gold Coast coach Justin Holbrook hit out at the officiating during the Titans’ 40-30 loss to the Rabbitohs, claiming his side was on the wrong end of game-delaying moments during a tense second half.

Despite a first-half hat-trick from star back-rower David Fifita which handed the Titans a 14-point lead at the end of the first 40 minutes, Holbrook’s men were unable to go on with it as Rabbitohs veteran Benji Marshall starred in a stunning second-half comeback.

Holbrook after the match took aim at a post-try delay when Tyrone Peachey levelled scores at 30-all in the 69th minute.

After Peachey put the ball down for the Titans, a small melee occurred between players from both sides, which prompted referee Chris Sutton to call for a closer look at what occurred and whether anything further would be made of the moment.

The Titans coach said the delay following Peachey’s try highlighted a number of moments that handed Souths a “rest” as they fought their way back into the match.

“I thought we got a bit of momentum there with that try from Peach and the game is meant to quicken up but then we stop for 15 minutes, I thought that’s terrific there goes our momentum gone now,” Holbrook said.

“Souths got a 10-minute break, they then got a good rest at a scrum which the new rule is if you have cramp you go off the field.

“They’re the things I’m talking about we just couldn’t get a chance.

“Score the try, kick the goal, get back, let them kick off to us and all of a sudden the game must’ve stopped for 10 minutes.

“We must’ve gone over the timeslot, that second half must’ve gone for two hours. There are too many officials to have a chit-chat, just get on with the game.

“You need everything to go right to win games of footy. Even right from the start, we had to use a captain’s challenge to get a try and I thought ‘oh geez’. Because we’re playing a good side I feel like you can cop a lot of harsh decisions and six agains for no reason and things like that I find difficult to take but I’ve got to cop it.”

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