Injuries, Ingenius play sinks Titans

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It was a big game for the Canberra Raiders and the Gold Coast Titans as they came together in their round 9 clash down at GIO Stadium to kick of Super Saturday. The Titans would be looking to come out of the blocks early ad avoid the start that they had in round 1 against the Raiders, while Canberra were looking to ensure that they didn't have a second half capitulation yet again.

The Raiders kept the same 1-17 as they named during the week, while the Titans would make a chance with Will Matthews out thanks to a concussion. Max King would move into the front row, with Moeaki Fotuaika joining the bench for his NRL debut.

The Raiders would get off to a flying start, with a piggyback penalty getting them up to the line. A play the ball close to the line saw Sivila Havili put Iosia Soliola go screaming through a huge gap to score under the posts. Jarrod Croker would sink the conversion to make it 6-0, and it would just get worse. 

Joe Tapine would pile the misery on the Titans early on, getting over for another try to continue his great form. Blake Austin would hold up a lovely ball for the second rower to go through the Titans defense untouched to make it 10-0. It wouldn't get much better, with Jarrod Wallace and Jai Arrow both going off and not returning within minutes of each other. 

The pain would continue, with Jarrod Croker and Nick Cotric scoring 8 minutes apart from each other to make it 20-0 at the break. The Titans would start to look like they would threaten towards the end of the half, however they couldn't break the line as they would go into halftime with 2 players down and a world of pain to come. 

The Titans would come out absolutely flying in the second half, with 2 tries in the first 10 minutes giving the Gold Coast a little bit of a light at the end of the tunnel. Ryan James and Kevin Proctor would both be on the end of grubbers to give the Titans hope with half an hour to go, making it 20-12 on the back of a few penalties. 

That would be the end of the run for the Titans, as the lack of numbers on the bench started to hurt the impact of the Titans defense. Shannon Boyd would barrel his way over from close range to send the Raiders past a 2 try lead, while some magic from BJ Leilua and Jordan Rapana put the game right to bed. 

The Titans would get a consolation try, with some great work off the scrum by Ash Taylor getting the Titans in great field position. Moeaki Fotuaika would get through the line and set up Max King for his first try of his career to make the scoreline a little more respectable for the Titans. Canberra would nearly get another to finish up, however it would end up at 32-18 for the Raiders to take the points at home.

Canberra play Cronulla at home next week to finish off round 10, while the Gold Coast are down at Melbourne for Saturday afternoon football.



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