Titans fall to Broncos in derby
Friday 17 May 2013 8:50 PM
The iSelect Gold Coast Titans have suffered a 32-6 loss to the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
The Titans trailed 24-0 at the break on the back of a bizarre opening 40 minutes in which the Gold Coast found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-2 penalty count and had Co-Captain Greg Bird sin-binned after a string of consecutive penalties to the Broncos.
The Broncos capitalised on a weight of possession with three first-half tries through Josh Hoffman, Sam Thaiday and Jack Reed before Corey Parker added three penalty goals for good measure.
Making matters worse for the Titans was the loss of hooker Beau Falloon with an ankle injury early in the first half, forcing Matt Srama into the game earlier than expected in his return from a badly fractured finger.
The Titans needed to be first to score after the break and did so through winger David Mead after some outstanding lead-up work from centre Jamal Idris and halfback Albert Kelly.
Sezer added the extras to give the visitors a glimmer of hope, trailing 24-6 with 33 minutes remaining.
The same trio almost combined for a try again shortly after but Kelly was tackled inches short of the try line and the Titans turned the ball over on the ensuing play.
But another penalty from close range edged the Broncos further ahead, leading by 26-6 inside the final 20 minutes of play.
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