Titans Under-20s survive late comeback
Sunday 19 August 2012 1:09 PM
The Jetstar Gold Coast Titans survived a late comeback to run out 34-32 winners over the Parramatta Eels in a nail biter at Skilled Park today.
The Titans looked to have the game all wrapped up, leading 34-22 inside the final 10 minutes, but two late Eels tries to Luke Vescio and Ben Fritz gave the home side a scare.
An Eels conversion attempt from wide out in the left corner to level the scores at 34-all with only two minutes remaining was waved away, with the Titans surviving to register their fifth win of the season.
The win moves the Titans onto 14 competition points, equal with Parramatta (14th) and Manly (15th; also playing today) in the race to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon.
The Titans scored six tries and laid the platform for the victory early on in the match after racing out to a 16-0 lead. However, the Eels clawed their way back to level the scores at 16-all by halftime.
The visitors were first to score after the break and hit the lead for the first time in the match at 22-16 but the Titans responded with three tries to Nick Harrold, Hymel Hunt and Sam Harrold to have the match all but won, leading 34-22 inside the final 8 minutes.
The Titans then held on in a nail biting finish after conceding two late tries.
GOLD COAST TITANS 34 (D Hartin, J Fogarty, J Teo, N Harrold, H Hunt, S Harrold tries; J Fogarty 5 goals) defeated PARRAMATTA EELS 32 (Z Clay 2, J Tuitahi, J Ualesi, L Vescio, B Fritz tries; M Brasington goals).