The Gold Coast Titans have taken away the win on Friday night against St George Illawarra Dragons, 32-12 at UOW Jubilee Oval on a cold Sydney Winter’s night.
- Titans’ intercept(s) sensation
The Titans showed pure determination on Friday night as they worked tremendously hard to dominate the game. The Titans managed to score three of their six tries off intercept passes/ errors from the Dragons. The incredible running ability of Nene MacDonald, Josh Hoffman and Nathan Peats saw the Titans successfully go over the try line multiple times.
The speed and agility shown by the players was exceptional and great talent to admire. Titans winger Nene Macdonald excelled dominating the most metres run with 236 with teammate Konrad Hurrell following in second with 184 metres.
The Titans displayed an incredible effort in Friday night away from home, for a team who is aspiring to have a place in the top 8 at the end of the season (to play finals).
- Titans a good chance at finals
The Gold Coast Titans have been the underdogs to recently creep into the top 8. With Nathan Peats boosting their team (after leaving Parramatta Eels) they were showing great form and combinations. They have been successfully impressing all NRL fans throughout the season with some good and entertaining form.
They are great contenders for finals and will be determined to remain in top 8 to place in finals.
- Dragons lose top 8 spot
The Illawarra Dragons came out fighting tonight but unfortunately were unsuccessful with creating any momentum or a good set of six. They were lucky enough to sit in the top 8 on the ladder as the Parramatta Eels were stripped of their points this week but after Friday nights came it all came undone with them dropping down to 9th.
The Dragons had a tough game against Manly two weeks ago (before the bye) losing 36-6 with poor defence. They conceded many errors throughout the game (the same as Friday night’s performance) and could not get it out of their end.
Tyson Frizell followed up after NSW’s Origin win on Wednesday night but was very quiet. His exhaustion was present, as he did not perform to the best of his ability. He was quiet on the field and most of the time hardly remembered he was in the Dragons team.
- Dragons miss crucial players, Marshall and Dugan
Dragons were missing favourites including Benji Marshall (hamstring) and NSW Origin star Josh Dugan (broken jaw) both due to injuries. This had a huge impact on the game as the Dragons displayed a messy set of six each time they held possession of the ball.
Marshall and Dugan were a big loss for the side as they needed a halfback to control and settle the game down. Widdop was rushing his kicks and didn’t assist in controlling the game as the Titans were dominant in all aspects. Dragons will be hopeful for the return of Marshall in the next coming weeks and will be looking to impress next week against Wests Tigers.
IN THE SHEDS
- Mitch Rein- came off second half for head injury assessment
Gold Coast Titans- N/A
St George Illawarra Dragons
Tries: 2 (Kurt Mann x2)
Goals: 2/2 (Gareth Widdop x2)
Penalty Goals: Nil
Gold Coast Titans
Tries: 6 (Nene MacDonald x2, Nathan Peats, Chris McQueen, David Mead and Anthony Don)
Goals: 4/6 (Tyrone Roberts)
Penalty Goals: Nil