The iSelect Gold Coast Titans have recorded their second win of the season with a 36-14 victory over the eighth-placed Wests Tigers at a wet Leichhardt Oval today.
After leading 16-4 at half-time, the Titans went on with the job through great ball control in the wet and solid kicking game.
They had the game tied up at 30-4 with 15 minutes to go before letting the Tigers in for two tries. But centre Conner Broadhurst, one of the team’s best, sealed a great victory with a runaway try in the final minute after skipper and man of the match, halfback Kane Elgey, fielded a kick on his own line and counter-attacked.
Left winger Brian Kelly scored three tries and could have had easily had four or five, being run down once by Tigers halfback Mitchell Moses and another time dropping a tough pass right on the line.
It was a pleasing effort for coach Ben Woolf with his side playing to the slippery conditions and his forward really playing tough and tight.
Elgey did a lot of decisive plays, setting up tries to wingers Kelly and Zac Spring with long cut-out balls, playing a role in two others and scoring one himself from 50m.
It took only nine minutes for Kelly to score his first try in the left corner from an Elgey pass. The Tigers levelled at 4-all six minutes later but the Titans took control from there. Kelly scored again in the 24th minutes and fullback Jahrome Hughes added another from a kick-rebound five minutes from half-time.
The second half onslaught began quickly after the break and the Titans added tries through Kelly, Spring and Elgey to take the scoring spree to 26-0 from the 15th minute through to the 60th and the score line to 30-4
Despite the conditions, it was certainly the team’s most complete performance of the season because they simplified their attitude, pplayed physically, was dogged in defence until the final 10 minutes and played with patience and control.
Titans 36 (Kelly 3, Hughes, Spring, Elgey, Broadhurst tries; Elgey 2, Deacon, Broadhurst goals) beat6 Wests Tigers 14.