Leeds Rhinos’ miserable season went further downhill when they were crushed 30-10 by visitors Hull KR on Friday.
It was their third loss in nine days and they were beaten at home by lowly Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Hull KR in the space of five days.
Here are five talking points from the champions’ latest setback.
1: It’s a long time since Rhinos have had a worse week. Successive home losses to Wakefield and Hull KR makes this possibly their lowest point in 20 years of Super League.
2: Lessons from previous games are not being learned. The same defensive lapses are proving costly every week.
3: Coach Brian McDermott says some of his men are playing without being able to train, but fit players have been dropped and others sent out on dual-registration.
4: Ashton Golding warmed up as 18th man on Friday. His pace and enthusiasm will be good for Rhinos when he returns from a long-term ankle problem.
5: Twenty points are probably needed for a top-eight spot, so Leeds - who have to go to Warrington and play Wigan twice - have to win eight of their next 14. Do-able, but getting tougher.