South Sydney Try Scorers: Keary
Goals: Reynolds 3/3
Gold Coast Titans Try Scorers: Mead, Zillman, Gordon
Goals: Mortimer 0/2, Gordon 1/1
Gold Coast Titans avoided a seventh loss in a row as they edged a terrible Monday night fixture by beating South Sydney Rabbitohs 10-14.
The game can be easily summed up by looking at a penalty count of 24 and a combined handling error count of 25 and Michael Maguire will be furious with his side falling to a second defeat in as many games.
Credit has to go to Gold Coast who battled their way to victory over a far superior Rabbitohs side without star men Nate Myles, Dave Taylor and Greg Bird.
Mark Minichiello impressed as he led from the front in his 250th NRL appearance.
Souths took the lead through Luke Keary as his kick was left by the Titans for Nathan Merritt to collect and when he spun off the attempted tackle and offloaded, Keary was there to scoop up the ball and cross for the games’ first try. Reynolds made it 6-0.
The Titans had started well and were unlucky when Carter took three defenders over the try line with him but couldn’t ground the ball.
As the game reached the half hour both sides had gone close however the amount of errors from both sides was affecting the game.
Neither side could get any rhythm or shape which led to the Rabbitohs taking a shot at goal with ten minutes left in the half, despite the good field position, and Reynolds made no mistake in making it 8-0.
A good set play from the Titans gave them a deserved try when Albert Kelly produced a good inside ball to David Mead and he breached the Rabbitohs defence to score. Mortimer dragged the conversion attempt wide as the Titans went within four points of the Rabbitohs.
It wasn’t the first half performance we were expecting from the Rabbitohs and when Adam Reynolds twisted his knee awkwardly in the tackle with just two minutes of the half remaining things were not looking up for the home side.
The first try of the second half came after just six minutes and it was a brilliant individual effort from Zillman as he stepped his way past three Rabbitohs defenders to level the scores. Mortimer missed what looked like a guaranteed conversion to miss out on taking the lead.
Reynolds was continuing despite being in a lot of discomfort and his penalty goal edged Souths 10-8 ahead.
Alex Johnston came up with a crucial ball steal over the line to deny the Titans a lead. Douglas forced his way over but Johnston stripped the ball just before he had chance to ground the ball and saved his side from conceding six points.
John Sutton was the next to be denied as he was held up on tackle two and with the line begging and four tackles remaining Souths came up with a disappointing set.
Gold Coast then went up the other end of the field to score through Kevin Gordon when Alex Johnston failed to hold onto a bomb on the last tackle. His knock on fell to Minichiello and eventually Takairangi found the winger who’s diving finish and touchline conversion put the Titans ahead for the first time in the game.
Both sides continued to make errors but the Titans held on to end a run of six straight losses with a shock 10-14 victory.