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Eels thump Gold Coast to top NRL ladder

Mitchell Moses of the Eels celebrates a try against the Titans. Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

The longest current losing streak in the NRL has continued, with Parramatta thrashing Gold Coast 46-6 at an empty Cbus Super Stadium.

The Eels jumped to a 2-0 season start to top the ladder, despite losing influential hooker Reed Mahoney (ankle) in Sunday night's first half, ensuring the Titans slumped to their 10th-straight loss as a home team.

Gold Coast were on the back foot from the outset when they lost experienced back-rower Kevin Proctor to a hamstring complaint in the warm-up.

And their luck didn't change after kickoff despite restricting the Eels to a 14-6 halftime lead.

Cynics could argue the Titans held a distinct advantage, hosting a match at a vacant venue due to the coronavirus pandemic, after playing for years in front of poor home crowds.

However, Gold Coast were ambushed by the Eels who jumped to a 12-0 lead after just eight minutes.

The Titans looked to have finally received a break when winger Dale Copley crossed in the 14th minute, despite copping a late knee from Nathan Brown, which not only ensured the Eels' forward was placed on report but also earning the hosts an extra penalty kick to reduce the deficit to 12-6.

However, Copley failed to recover from the contact by Brown and did not return, cutting a forlorn figure on the sidelines with his ribs on ice.

From there, it was all one-way traffic.

Kane Evans was enormous off the bench, bulldozing his way over for a 61st-minute try, while an equally impressive five-eighth Dylan Brown grabbed a second-half double as the Eels secured the result with a seven-tries-to-one effort.

New Titans coach Justin Holbrook is still winless.

The Titans have not won a match since Round 13 last season, suffering a club record 13-straight losses.

They have become just the sixth team in the NRL era to lose 13 in a row and first since Newcastle's 19-consecutive defeats in 2016-17, the longest losing streak in this period.

The Titans are creeping closer to the record 16-successive losses set in 1993 for all Gold Coast franchises.