The Gold Coast Titans PDRL team savoured their first “international” win on Saturday with a thrilling 12-8 win over visiting English side Wakefield Trinity at Cbus Super Stadium.
With the King of rugby league, Wally Lewis – a former Gold Coast captain who also had a stint with Wakefield Trinity in the early 1980s – watching on from the stands, the Titans got out of jail with a late try to steal a memorable win.
Both teams were bolstered by the inclusion of a number of former NRL stars, including Preston Campbell, Scott Prince, Ben Hannant, Brad Meyers and Chris Walker, who were all showing their support for the Titans’ Leagueability program.
The game started with a bang, with Wakefield spreading the ball wide to catch the Titans napping, allowing the visitors to jump out to an early lead.
But some quality football allowed the Titans to claw their way back into the game and then take the lead after a sneaky intercept from Campbell lead to a great try.
Wakefield drew level again, but the Titans produced one last late surge to take the win.
The match was the culmination of a week-long visit to the Gold Coast by Wakefield Trinity, who spent a week preaching the gospel of rugby league’s inclusivity through the PDRL program, as well as spending time around the Titans’ NRL squad and coaching staff.
The Titans would like to thank the Wakefield Trinity players for visiting the club, sharing our passion for PDRL and for playing a terrific game in the true spirit of rugby league.
The Gold Coast Titans wish them well on their return to the PDRL competition in England, and hope that our two clubs meet again in the future to celebrate rugby league.