Wests Tigers Try Scorers: Simona
Goals: Richards 1/1
Gold Coast Titans Try Scorers: Seizer, Don, Bird
Goals: Seizer 2/3, Bird 3/4
Aidan Seizer led Gold Coast Titans to a convincing 6-22 victory over Wests Tigers as his impressive display in the halves was too much for the home side to deal with.
Both teams fielded sides which had been struck by injury but it was the Titans who showed they had the strength in depth to continue their form which has seen them hit the top four of the ladder.
Albert Kelly was added to the injury list for the Titans as he went to hospital at half time in the game for scans on his injury which he picked up early in the game.
Wests just couldn’t out muscle the Titans in the battle down the middle of the field and they couldn’t gather any momentum in stark contrast to the Titans who found form off the back of Seizer’s attacking kicking game which forced back the Tigers. They took their chances well and kept Wests to only one try with a great defensive effort.
Aidan Seizer missed an early opportunity to open the scoring when he missed a penalty after just four minutes and just three minutes later it was him who eventually opened the scoring. He stepped his way through from close range to score under the posts after fellow half-back Albert Kelly produced a brilliant run to beat a number of defenders.
The Titans gained great field position after Dave Taylor came up with a great offload to Anthony Don who broke before being tackled in the Tigers 20. An offside penalty gave Gold Coast a shot at goal and this time Seizer made no mistake in making it 0-8.
In a game which most believed would be a battle of the forwards was dominated early on by the Titans backs as Seizer controlled the game well with Kelly and Mead making big yards.
It was another back which nearly came up with some magic as Luke Brooks stabbed a kick through before kicking the ball a second time but he just couldn’t gather the ball to score.
Luke Brooks then broke with a brilliant dummy before finding Taupou in support who was held back by Nate Myles which resulted in the Titans co-captain being sin binned.
The controversial obstruction rule was then brought into play as Tim Simona crossed out wide however the try wasn’t given as the video referee confirmed the referee’s decision of no try.
As the Tigers started to get back into the game with their one man advantage Greg Bird edged his side further ahead by kicking a penalty goal from in front.
The Tigers were struggling to make the extra man count and when Carter charged down a kick in his own half he broke down the wing and passed inside to the supporting Anthony Don for him to score under the sticks. Bird converted and ended the scoring in a miserable first half for the home side as they trailed 16-0.
The Tigers started the second half enthusiastically and Tim Simona got their first points on the board when Kevin Gordon’s attempt to kick the ball dead was unsuccessful and stayed in the field of play long enough for the centre to pounce on.
The errors started to creep in for both sides and the Titans dealt a killer blow when they scored from a set which came off the back of a Tigers mistake. The brilliant Seizer stabbed a delicate kick into the in-goal for the co-captain Greg Bird to dive on and score.
Wests were coming closer and closer to getting back in the game and the Titans tried to take the wind out of their sails with a penalty goal but Greg Bird missed a kick which you would have put your house on him converting.
The Tigers woes continued when Blake Austin was forced to leave the field with ten minutes remaining as the Titans defence stayed strong to wrap up a 6-22 victory for the visitors.