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Competition - Holden Cup NYC
Round - Round 01
Teams – Gold Coast Titans v Newcastle Knights
Date – 6th March 2016
Venue – Cbus Stadium, Robina, Gold Coast QLD
Photographer – Charles Knight
Description –

The Gold Coast Titans Gold Training under-20s season has started with a hard-fought 34-18 loss to the Newcastle Knights at Cbus Super Stadium this afternoon.

In hot conditions, the Knights took the early advantage scooting out to a 22-6 half-time lead before putting the game out of reach for the young Titans by posting two early second-half tries to lead 34-6 going into the final 30 minutes.

Despite the heavy deficit, the Titans composed their game and showed glimpses of brilliance with captain Jed Cartwright scoring two second-half tries to reduce the full-time deficit back to 34-18.

It was the Knights who opened the scoring in the third minute after a half-break created space for winger Matt Soper-Lawler to score in the corner and with Jake McNamara adding the extras, the away-side took an early 6-0 lead

The Titans hit-back in the following set with Ngangarra Barker collecting a pin-point Josh Rogers grubber to score under the posts to give Rogers’ an easy conversion to level the score at 6-all.

Back-to-back penalties gifted the Knights’ prime field-position and they took full advantage with a backline play resulting in Kainoa Gudgeon crossing in the corner for a 10-6 lead after 15 minutes.

The Knights extended their lead in the 22nd minute when halfback Jack Cogger put a deft cross-field kick for Soper-Lawler to collect and grab his second try of the afternoon before McNamara converted from the sideline to give the Knights a 16-6 lead.

The Knights finished the half in style with a scrum-play resulting in Gudgeon bagging his second try scoring in the corner. McNamara added the extras to give the Knights a 22-6 half-time lead.

The Knights started their second-half in similar fashion to the first with Soper-Lawler supporting a bust to grab his hat-trick in the first set of the half to give his side a 28-6 lead.

The Knights continued their dominance with halfback Cogger slicing through the defence to score adjacent to the posts to give McNamara an easy conversion to extend the lead out to a 34-6 lead after 45 minutes.

The Titans hit-back in the 60th minute through Cartwright who showed brute force to barge his way across the line before Tyronne Roberts-Davis added the extras to reduce the deficit back to 34-12.  

The Titans continued to compete and posted points in the 64th minute after some solid lead-up play put Cartwright over for his second try before Roberts-Davis converted to reduce the full-time margin to 34-18.

The Titans will look to hit-back next week when they take on the Melbourne Storm at home next week.

Newcastle Knights 34 (M Soper-Lawler 3, K Gudgeon 2, J Cogger tries; J McNamara 5 goals) defeated Gold Coast Titans 18 (J Cartwright 2, N Barker tries; T Roberts-Davis 2, J Roger goals).

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.