The Gold Coast Titans continued their stunning recent form with an entertaining 32-28 victory over the Warriors in Auckland today. The victory marked the third successive week that they have scored 30 points or more in a game, a first for the club.
Both sides took it in turns to score the first six tries of the game before the Titans opened up a lead through consecutive tries to James Roberts, Kane Elgey and Ryan James midway through the second half before the Warriors scored two tries in the space of 5 minutes though Solomone Kata and Bodene Thompson to bring their deficit down to just a try with only enough time for one more play. The Warriors marched upfield with relative ease but were unable to score the final try they required for victory.
Warriors: 1. Tuimoala Lolohea; 2. Jonathan Wright, 3. David Fusitua, 4. Solomone Kata, 5. Manu Vatuvei; 6. Chad Townsend, 7. Shaun Johnson; 8. Jacob Lillyman, 9. Thomas Leuluai, 10. Ben Matulino, 11. Bodene Thompson, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Simon Mannering (c).
14. Nathan Friend, 15. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 16. Sam Lisone, 17. Sam Rapira
Tries: Fusitua (3), Matulino (17), Wright (37), Kata (73), Thompson (78)
Goals: Johnson 4/5
Titans: 1. Josh Hoffman; 2. Anthony Don, 3. James Roberts, 4. William Zillman, 5. David Mead; 6. Aidan Sezer, 7. Kane Elgey; 8. Luke Douglas, 9. Beau Falloon, 10. Nate Myles (c), 11. Ryan James, 12. Lachlan Burr, 13. Greg Bird.
14. Matthew White, 15. Eddy Pettybourne, 16. Matt Robinson, 17. Keirran Moseley
Tries: Elgey (13, 62), Don (31), Moseley (49), Roberts (52), James (67)
Goals: Sezer 4/6
Rugby Leaguer & League Express Men of the Match:
Titans: Kane Elgey
Warriors: Shaun Johnson