The TFH Gold Coast Titans have slumped to a 34-0 loss to the Brisbane Broncos in an ill-disciplined display at Cbus Super Stadium this afternoon.
On the back of a two-match winning streak, the 'big brother' Broncos bought the Titans season back to earth with a dominant display to out-muscle the home-side in front of an 18,005 strong crowd.
Without Origin forwards Jai Arrow and Jarrod Wallace, the Titans forward pack was dealt another blow losing Keegan Hipgrave early in the piece and the Broncos forwards capitalised to lay the platform for their backs to put on a 20-0 half-time lead.
The Titans were the own worst enemies in the second-half with a mounting penalty and error count gifting the Broncos quality possession and they took full advantage to post further points to come away with the 34-0 win.
A penalty gifted the Broncos early attacking position and they took full advantage with Kotoni Staggs taking on the line before offloading to Kodi Nikorima to score adjacent to the posts. With Jamayne Isaako converting the Broncos took a 6-0 lead after four minutes.
The Broncos were gifted a penalty 25 metres out and extended their lead through an Isaako goal to go out beyond a converted try at 8-0 after nine minutes.
It went from bad-to-worse for the Titans who lost Keegan Hipgrave for the remainder of the match with a HIA.
A controversial drop-ball decision after a Ryan James hit-up proved costly in the 20th minute with the Broncos going down-field in the resulting set before Staggs barged his way across the line to score in the corner. With Isaako's conversion bouncing in after hitting the posts, the Broncos lead extended out to 14-0.
The Titans were made to pay for their ill-discipline again in the 31st minute with a penalty putting the visitors on the attack and the extended their lead with Anthony Milford throwing a lovely inside pass for Darius Boyd to score next to the posts to give Isaako an easy conversion and the side a 20-0 lead.
The Titans did well to not fall further behind on the scoreboard with some great scramble defence to stop a certain Broncos try after an Isaako break to go into the half-time break trailing 20-0.
A bust by Korbin Sims put the Broncos on the attack in the second-half and they were awarded a penalty in-front of the posts for a slow play-the-ball before opting to take the goal with Isaako slotting the conversion to give the visitors a 22-0 lead after 45minutes.
With Taylor impeding Jordan Kahu chasing an Anthony Milford grubber, the Broncos were awarded another penalty in-front and extended their lead out to 24-0 after the Isaako goal.
The Broncos extended their lead in the 60th minute with Joe Ofahengaue barging his way across to plant the ball down next to the posts to give Isaako an easy attempt and the side a 30-0 lead.
The Titans looked to have registered their first-points in the 70th minute with Will Matthews darting over from dummy-half but the bunker ruled a double-movement in the process of planting the ball down.
The Broncos went back on the attack following an error by the Titans coming out of trouble and they took full advantage with Kahu getting a quick pass away for Jonus Pearson to score in the corner to give the away side the 34-0 win.
The Titans will look to hit-back next Sunday when they take on the Sydney Roosters at home.
Brisbane Broncos 34 (K Nikorima, K Staggs, D Boyd, J Ofahengaue, J Pearson tries; J Isaako 7 goals) defeated Gold Coast Titans 0