Titans score upset over Bulldogs
Monday 12 August 2013 9:35 PM
The iSelect Gold Coast Titans have produced one of their most gutsy performances to score an upset 26-16 victory over heavyweights the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium tonight.
Written off by punters in the build-up to the game and posted as rank outsiders, the Titans put in a spirited performance to move into the top-8 with four matches remaining before the finals.
The Titans led 12-6 at halftime and repelled the home side in the second half as winger Kevin Gordon capped a memorable night by completing a hat-trick of tries with the match winner in the 77th minute.
Stand-in fullback David Mead wasn't to be outdone, with his second half try making him the first Titans player to score 50 tries for the club.
The result was also significant for foundation Titan Luke O'Dwyer in his milestone 100th match for the club, just days after announcing his retirement.
The Titans set the tone for the match early, scoring first through Gordon after five minutes to hold a 4-0 lead.
Gordon then made it a double with a try after 20 minutes before Aidan Sezer added the extras for a 10-0 advantage midway through the opening half.
The Bulldogs hit back with a try to Sam Perrett as the home side were able to reduce the Titans' lead to 10-6 before Sezer landed a penalty goal to make it a six-point advantage at the break.
The Bulldogs were the first to strike after the break through halfback Trent Hodgkinson after 48 minutes but the Titans responded 10 minutes later when Mead sliced through on the end of a slick backline play.
Sezer again saluted with the extras to give the Titans an 18-10 lead but the Bulldogs refused to go away and set-up a thrilling finish when Josh Reynolds crossed for a try with six minutes remaining.
But Gordon had the last laugh when he dived over in the corner courtesy of a Greg Bird offload with three minutes on the clock to seal the victory.
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