Brave Titans go down swinging to Storm
Saturday 7 September 2013 8:29 PM
The iSelect Gold Coast Titans saved one of their most gutsy performances of the year for last in a heartbreaking 23-22 golden point loss to the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park tonight.
Despite missing 11 NRL regulars through injury and losing hooker Matt Srama to a dislocated shoulder in the second half, the Titans put up a brave fight to score close to full-time and send the game into golden point extra time.
Both teams then exchanged field goal attempts in extra time before Storm halfback Cooper Cronk landed the killer blow with his sixth field goal attempt of the match during the second period of golden point.
It was a cruel end to the Titans courageous bid to make the finals, having earlier led the premiership heavyweights 16-6 during the first half.
The Titans were controversially disallowed a try to Sezer with the Gold Coasters trailing 22-16 inside the final 10 minutes, after the video referee overturned the onfield referee's decision to award the try.
Sezer had swooped on the ball after a strong tackle from Ben Ridge forced an error from fullback Billy Slater. However, the video referee ruled that Ridge had touched the ball when knocking it free from Slater's arms.
The Titans overcame the setback to level the scores at 22-all when Anthony Don scored in the 79th minute and Sezer added the extras after the kick bounced off the post and went through the sticks.
With the match in the balance, both Sezer and Cronk traded field goal attempts before the Queensland Origin halfback finally found the mark.
Forward Dave Taylor was promoted into the starting line-up in place of injured Co-Captain Nate Myles and he made his presence felt with a try and a series of bullocking runs in the first half.
He also produced try assists for Brad Takairangi and Don - the Titans' other two tries of the match.
However, just as the Titans had looked to have weathered the Storm's second half fightback, the home side were able to land the killer blow.
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