Titans go down swinging in Cairns
Sunday 16 June 2013 5:13 PM
The iSelect Gold Coast Titans went down swinging against NRL heavyweights South Sydney in a 30-24 defeat at Barlow Park, Cairns today.
Both sides struggled with completions and ball security in the hot conditions but produced an exciting brand of football which kept the crowd of 16,118 entertained right up to the final minute.
The Titans had a last ditch attempt to level the scores and send the game into golden point with three minutes remaining, when two-try hero Albert Kelly looked a chance to score his third try of the match streaking down the right side of the field.
However, just when Kelly appeared to have stepped past his cousin Greg Inglis, the Rabbitohs fullback dragged him into touch and knocked the ball free over the sideline.
Although he was unable to land the killer blow, the dynamic Kelly continued his electric form as he scored two tries just days after re-signing with the club until the end of the 2015 season.
Kelly has now scored 10 tries in 13 games to be the club's leading try scorer.
His halves partner Aidan Sezer also continued his stellar form with the boot, landing four conversions from as many attempts to make it 25 straight goals in recent weeks.
The Titans held an 18-12 advantage just before halftime but the Rabbitohs dealt the Gold Coasters a blow with a try just before the break to level the scores at 18-all.
Souths then capitalised on a weight of possession to open the second half with two unanswered tries to edge ahead 30-18 before Kelly set up a grand stand finish with his second try of the match.
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