Gold Coast Titans Try Scorers: Tighe, Gordon 2, Roberts
Goals: Gordon 2/5
Melbourne Storm Try Scorers: Roberts, Chambers 2, Hampton, Mann
Goals: Roberts 2/5
Two sides hit heavily by injuries and Origin selection went head to head on Monday night as Gold Coast Titans took on Melbourne Storm with both sides desperate for the win.
Storm took the two points as they welcomed back Will Chambers who was a late inclusion despite his initial selection in the Maroons Origin II squad as he grabbed a try double.
Storm have now put back to back defeats behind them with this 20-24 victory however, Gold Coast are struggling to keep up their early season pace which saw them go top in Round 6 as they slumped to a fifth straight defeat.
The first try of the game was a superb solo effort from Ben Roberts as he picked up possession on the 30 metre line and dummied through the Titans defence to evade two defenders before throwing another dummy to round the fullback and score.
The next score was more down to luck as a ricochet from a Storm kick fell to Hampton who found Bromwich in support before he offloaded to Chambers for him to score his first of the game.
Will Chambers was then involved in the next try however it is one he would like to forget as he failed to deal with a grubber kick and his missed attempt to put the ball dead fell for Tighe to score the Titans first points.
Another Blair kick caused problems for the Storm and when his stab through bounced over two Storm defenders it fell perfectly for the on rushing Gordon who levelled the scores at 10-10 as they went into the sheds.
Despite having Joel Romelo sin binned at the start of the second 40 the Storm were first to score as Chambers got his second of the game when he brushed off some poor defence on the right edge before scoring.
The game was back and forth and the Titans hit back when James Roberts produced a storming run out wide which the two Storm defenders left in his wake could not stop.
It was Melbourne’s turn to hit back and this time they did it from deep as Jesse Bromwich broke through the defensive line and found Hinchcliffe in support who passed the ball onto Hampton as he scored under the posts.
Storm went back to back when Kurt Mann collected a clever pass before he went through the Titans’ defence like it wasn’t there to put eight points between the two sides.
Kevin Gordon came up with a special effort to set up an exciting finish when he showed great speed to get to a Zillman chip in the corner of the in-goal area and grounded the ball in field under pressure.
That wasn’t enough to inspire a comeback though as Melbourne held on to win 20-24 and heap more misery on the out of form Titans.
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