Titans score club record victory
Sunday 17 March 2013 3:07 PM
The iSelect Gold Coast Titans have registered their first win of the season in impressive fashion by scoring the club's biggest ever victory in a 36-0 win over the Canberra Raiders at Skilled Park today.
In their 150th competition game the iSelect Titans got away to the perfect start, posting five unanswered tries to scoot out to a 30-0 lead with Albert Kelly and Matt Srama both bagging doubles to help guide the Titans to their biggest half-time lead at Skilled Park.
In a more contained second-half, the 12,267 strong crowd had to settle for just the one try to Kevin Gordon.
But iSelect Titans coach John Cartwright said his side’s first half performance laid the platform for the win which would work wonders in giving his side’s new halves combination the confidence boost they needed.
“It was nice to win, I suppose at 30-0 it would be hard to lose from there,” Cartwright said.
“We wanted to make our intentions clear early and I think they did, our guys were very intent on what they were doing and I think that showed with the field position, that was good and hopefully on the back of that you score points.
“It was as good (a first-half) as we’ve put together this year, probably the thing about it was but for a bit of finishing it would have been even better, there was a lot to like, the foundation of what we did was built by the guys in the middle of the field and if you keep doing that it gives you a good base to win any game.
“We scored some points early and they (Sezer and Kelly) grew in confidence and that’s the only thing they lack at the moment, they’ve got all the ability in the world, they’re fit and they’re young, they just lack a bit of experience but games like that can do wonders for their confidence.”
Despite the dominant attacking display, it was the side’s ability to keep the Raiders scoreless which pleased Cartwright the most.
“They’ve got some weapons out there, it’s hard to keep a side to nil in any level of football,'' he said.
“To keep them to nil in that heat, there would have been a reason or an excuse to give up towards the end of the game or someone drop off or not finish a tackle but we kept coming up with rushing defence and caused errors and did it right until the 80th minute.”
iSelect Titans co-captain Nate Myles said they knew if they held onto possession the win would come and bring with it a building platform for the year.
“We knew if we held onto footy, it would be a little bit difficult for those guys to stay with us, so we backed our fitness there, especially on the heat for those guys,” Myles said.
“We want to keep testing ourselves for sure, we are pretty young side and we are pretty new to each other.
“The boys are enjoying themselves and that come of the back of probably the longest pre-season I’ve ever had, but the boys to their credit were always turning up in good spirits and everyone was enjoying everyone’s company so if we could just keep building slowly.”
In the Titans first attacking set, some broken-field play saw Brad Takairangi dummy a kick before throwing a beautiful pass to Kelly who crossed under the posts to gift Aiden Sezer an easy conversion and the home-side a 6-0 lead inside the opening five minutes.
The Titans took advantage of a Raiders error to post their second try when a flat Kelly pass found Bird who scored next to the posts, and with Sezer converting the Titans took a 12-0 lead ten minutes into the game.
A shoulder-charge penalty in front of the posts in the 17th minute handed the Titans the opportunity to extend their lead and with Sezer plotting the penalty goal the Titans lead 14-0.
With momentum in their favour, the Titans continued to attack the Raiders line and took full advantage when Ashley Harrison popped up a crafty offload to Srama to cross, with Sezer’s conversion sailing wide the Titans took a 18-0 lead with 15 minutes remaining in the half.
Another Raiders error gifted the Titans prime attacking position and they were made to pay when Srama buried his way over next to the posts to bag his second try, and give Sezer an easy conversion and his side a 24-0 lead with under ten minutes remaining.
The Titans first-half dominance continued when a Raiders attacking kick was scooped up by Jamal Idris on his try-line before scooting 70metres up field before throwing a well-timed pass to Kelly who raced away to score under the posts, and with Sezer converting the Titans a 30-0 lead into the half-time break.
The Titans defence was on display in the opening stanza of the second-half with Takairangi producing a last-ditch effort to dislodge the ball from Josh Papali over the line, while Kelly managed to chase down Jack Wighton and tackle him over the line to keep the Raiders at bay.
A line break and quick play-the-ball from William Zillman resulted in some broken-field play for Luke Douglas to throw a quality cut-out ball to put Kevin Gordon in before Sezer converted from the side-line to extend the Titans lead to 36-0 with just under 20 minutes remaining.
The crowd was left entertained with the Titans continuing to illustrate their glitzy attacking displays, but with the team unable to get across the line, they had to settle for the 36-0 win.
The Titans will look to capitalise on the win and create a winning streak at Skilled Park when they take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles next Saturday.
Gold Coast Titans 36 (M Srama 2, A Kelly 2, G Bird, K Gordon ; A Sezer
5 conversions; A Sezer 1 penalty goal) defeated Canberra Raiders 0