Nathan Smith reviews the Gold Coast Titans’ home game against the Parramatta Eels. Here’s how the game went.
|5th||Try Mitchell Moses (Eels)||Eels 4-0|
|6th||Goal Mitchell Moses (Eels)||Eels 6-0|
|8th||Try Reed Mahoney (Eels)||Eels 10-0|
|9th||Goal Mitchell Moses (Eels)||Eels 12-0|
|14th||Try Dale Copley (Titans)||Eels 12-4|
|16th||Goal Ashley Taylor (Titans)||Eels 12-6|
|31st||Goal Mitchell Moses (Eels)||Eels 14-6|
|56th||Try Dylan Brown (Eels)||Eels 18-6|
|57th||Goal Mitchell Moses (Eels)||Eels 20-6|
|60th||Try Kane Evans (Eels)||Eels 24-6|
|61st||Goal Mitchell Moses (Eels)||Eels 26-6|
|64th||Try Maika Sivo (Eels)||Eels 30-6|
|66th||Goal Mitchell Moses (Eels)||Eels 32-6|
|70th||Try Peni Terepo (Eels)||Eels 36-6|
|71st||Goal Mitchell Moses (Eels)||Eels 38-6|
|74th||Try Dylan Brown (Eels)||Eels 42-6|
|75th||Goal Mitchell Moses (Eels)||Eels 44-6|
|80th||Goal Mitchell Moses (Eels)||Eels 46-6|
The Titans offered another poor showing in the opening 10 minutes of the game, conceding two quick tries. This, as with last week, meant they were on the back foot straight away. Similar to last week, they were able to snag a try and showed defensive resilience to limit the Eels to only two tries and go into the sheds 14-6 down. They were still in with a chance.
The second half was a tale of two stories. The opening 20 was an arm wrestle, with the Eels holding lots of ball, but being constantly held out by a brave Titans defence. Unfortunately, there was only so long they could manage before the Eels crossed through a Dylan Brown try in the 56th minute. From there, the floodgates opened and the Eels revealed the attack they struggled to show last week.
The Eels’ attack was a particular highlight. From the 50th minute onwards, they were able to convert field position into points, and plenty of them. There are still things for the Eels to work on, as they blew plenty of earlier opportunities to score. With the potential to put on points all over the field, they are a definite danger in 2020.
Gold Coast Titans: 1. Phillip Sami, 2. Anthony Don, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Brian Kelly, 5. Dale Copley, 6. Tyrone Roberts, 7. Ashley Taylor, 8. Jarrod Wallace, 9. Mitch Rein, 10. Sam Lisone, 16. Tyrone Peachey, 12. Bryce Cartwright, 13. Jai Arrow. Interchange: 14. Nathan Peats, 15. Jai Whitbread, 17. Moeaki Fotuaika, 18. Jaimin Jolliffe.
Parramatta Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson, 2. Maika Sivo, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Waqa Blake, 5. Blake Ferguson, 6. Dylan Brown, 7. Mitchell Moses, 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 9. Reed Mahoney, 10. Junior Paulo, 11. Shaun Lane, 12. Ryan Matterson, 13. Nathan Brown. Interchange: 14. Brad Takairangi, 15. Marata Niukore, 16. Kane Evans, 17. Peni Terepo.