Titans back in the winning circle after exciting finish

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Gold Coast Titans 33 defeat Newcastle Knights 26.

Match Preview:
We had a battle of two teams who have hit a bit of a rough patch in their season. The Knights are missing star signing Mitchell Pearce terribly while the Titans can’t just seem to find consistency. 

The game was always going to be a grind, and the first half showed that. The Titans were able to get on the board early when winger Phillip Sami grabbed a try off a bomb knocked on by Knights fullback Kayla Ponga. With a 6-0 lead, the Titans grabbed themselves some momentum and looked to be really pushing for a second try, but a series of errors and lack of taking their opportunities, the Titans weren’t able to convert off the back of the momentum. Roughly half way through the half we saw a penalty goal awarded to the Titans after they won the scrum off the Knights feed. A penalty goal from Titans fullback Michael Gordon off that allowed the Titans to extend their lead to 8-0. 

Once again the Titans looked to be getting on a run, and the Knights were looking worse as the half went on, but finally the Knights were able to grab a try through Sione Mata’utia with an awesome through the hands set. Before you know it, the game was tied thanks to a Brock Lamb penalty goal, and we were tied. A serious arm injury to Knights forward Jacob Siafiti along with a try for Titans centre Dale Copley ended the half on a rough note for the Knights.

It was a dream second half start for the Knights when big boy Herman Ese’ese stormed over the line to give his team the lead. The Knights were able to gain a serious amount of momentum off that try, but just like the Titans in the first half, they were quick to hand it over. A much needed penalty to the Titans marched them down field, and off the next set, the Titans went through the hands with some brilliant offloads finished off with a Phillip Sami double.

With the scores so close and the game intensity lifting, it saw a rise in effort from both teams. A little to much effort saw Titans’ forward leader Jarrod Wallace get a ten minute rest in the sin bin due to repeat offences inside their own 10. The Knights were able to take advantage of the extra man when winger Ken Sio went over in the corner. A beautiful sideline conversion gave the Knights a two point lead with roughly 20 minutes remaining. The Knights were able to extend their lead not much longer when fullback Kalyn Ponga ran 108 metres to give the Knights a comfortable lead.

Off the kick off the Knights made the ultimate error and dropped it, inviting the Titans right back down into their end. Anthony Don was then able to bring the Titans back into it when off the scrum a through the hands play and a beautiful fend off by centre Brenko Lee sent the winger over. Shortly after a Titans penalty goal tied the game up.

we were in for an incredibly exciting finish to the game, and with the constant back and forth attack, it was living up to it! finally with less than five minutes remaining, the Titans took the lead again, when winger Alexander Brimson scored his first career NRL try, and boy was it an important try he will never forget. Ash Taylor put the game to bed when he slotted through a field goal with two minutes left, and give the Titans their first win since round 5.

Stonecold’s Player Of The Game: Ash Taylor (Titans)

Gold Coast Titans:
8’ Phillip Sami (Try)
9’ Michael Gordon (Conversion)
23’ Michael Gordon (Penalty Goal)
38' Dale Copley (Try)
46' Phillip Sami (Try)
48' Michael Gordon (Conversion)
64' Anthony Don (Try)
65' Ash Taylor (Conversion)
68' Ash Taylor (Penalty Goal)
78' Alexander Brimson (Try)
79' Ash Taylor (Penalty Goal)
80' Ash Taylor (Field Goal)

Newcastle Knights:
27’ Sione Mata’utia (Try)
28’ Brock Lamb (Conversion)
31’ Brock Lamb (Penalty Goal)
42' Herman Ese'ese (Try)
44' Brock Lamb (Conversion)
57' Ken Sio (Try)
58' Brock Lamb (Conversion)
61' Kalyn Ponga (Try)
62' Brock Lamb (Conversion)



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