Titans hold off Broncos in trial
Saturday 16 February 2013 9:31 PM
The iSelect Gold Coast Titans have held off a fast finishing Brisbane Broncos outfit to score a 16-14 win in tonight's trial match at Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe.
The Titans led 16-4 at halftime and despite conceding two second half tries, managed to hold on to register their second trial match win of the pre-season.
Centre Jamal Idris was impressive in the opening half as were starting halves pairing of Albert Kelly and Aidan Sezer.
The Broncos opened the scoring through fullback Josh Hoffman but the Titans were quick to hit back, with halfback Kelly slicing through for a try courtesy of same fancy footwork.
Winger David Mead combined with Idris to score in the right corner just before halftime to give the TItans a 10-4 advantage before hooker Beau Falloon extended the Titans' lead right on halftime with a sneaky try from dummy half for the second week in a row.
The Broncos hit back after the break when Corey Norman dived on a grubber kick which had ricocheted off the posts and then reduced the margin to 16-14 when winger Denan Kemp scored in the right corner.
But the Titans held on keep their pre-season record in tact ahead of the club's final trial match against the North Queensland Cowboys in Mackay next Saturday night.
Cartwright said Idris' first showing for 2013 was an encouraging sign for the club.
"From our point of view it was the most pleasing aspect, the way that he came through,'' said Cartwright.
"He had a bit of a chequered off-season but I think it was good for him, he got in and got a lot of miles in his legs and worked very hard.
"Just to look at him and to see how confident he was within himself was a really good sign for us.''
Cartwright said he had been more pleased with the opening quarter of the match before errors and penalties crept into the game.
"Yeah it was a bit scrappy. I don't think either side would have been happy with the way they got to the end of their sets I suppose,'' he said.
"It was a funny game - there was no penalties for the first 25 minutes and then it was just seemed to be a penalty-athon after that and it slowed the game down, line speed got better, there were more numbers in the tackles and it became a bit of a slog fest.''
Cartwright said the club's main injury concern was a possible medial ligament strain to hooker Beau Falloon.
GOLD COAST TITANS 16 (A Kelly, D Mead, B Falloon tries; A Sezer 2 goals) defeated BRISBANE BRONCOS 14 (J Hoffman, C Norman, D Kemp tries; S Prince goal).