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Four straight for Titans with big win over Manly

The Gold Coast Titans have equaled the Club record for points scored in an NRL game, putting 42 points on the board against the Manly Sea Eagles in a strong win.

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The Titans have moved to ninth on the NRL ladder with a 42 points to 24 victory, the fourth win in a row for the Club. 

Young Tonumaipea was a standout, scoring two tries while AJ Brimson also shone in the win also crossing for a double.

Despite being down 6-0 inside the opening two minutes, the Gold Coast  took control in the first half and never looked like losing the match.

Four tries in the first half and four more in the opening 20 minutes of the second stanza was a deserved return and proved the Titans are one of the form sides in the competition.

The Sea Eagles made an almost perfect start to the match with captain Daly Cherry-Evans putting second-rower Jack Gosieswki over for a try in the second minute before the Titans had even touched the ball.

However, there was little more for Manly fans to cheer before half-time, as the visitors turned entertainers to pile on four consecutive tries in a display of clever counter-attacking play and sheer speed.

The first came in the 13th minute after centre Young Tonumaipea fielded a kick in the Gold Coast in-goal and sprinted to the 20-metre line to take a quick re-start before sending fullback AJ Brimson racing 75 metres to score.

Tonumaipea appeared to have scored a try of his own soon after when he beat Sea Eagles rookie Albert Hopoate to a grubber by five-eighth Ash Taylor but the bunker ruled he had fumbled the ball before grounding it.

Titans winger Corey Thompson scored in the 23rd minute after managing to avoid putting his foot on the touchline as he planted the ball in the corner while being tackled by Hopoate after taking a looping pass from halfback Jamal Fogarty.

Tonumaipea was finally rewarded for his efforts five minutes later after Brimson returned the favour from his try by tapping on a Tyrone Peachey for the the centre to score out wide.

The Samoa-born back then extended the Titans lead to 22-6 when he ran 40 metres from dummy-half to score after Cherry-Evans chased down Thompson after throwing an intercept pass near the Gold Coast line.

Ash Taylor continued his good run of form, with the five-eighth’s kicking game superb. 

Taylor, Brimson and Jamal Fogarty proved constant threats for the Titans, with the spine heavily involved as the Gold Coast piled on 42 points. 

The score equals the Gold Coasts biggest points haul, with the other results coming in 2013 against the Eels and 2018 against Manly. 

Manly’s star fullback Tom Trbojevic was injured in the 52nd minute, with the NSW Origin player hurt while attempting to tackle Brimson. 

Match Highlights

The win moves the Titans to ninth on the competition ladder, with the Gold Coast side able to equal the Club’s longest winning streak of five games (set in 2008 (Rds 3-7) and equalled in 2010 (Rds 20-24)). 

The Gold Coast host Newcastle at Cbus Super Stadium in the final round of the year, with the Titans using the round to say thankyou to members, fans and partners for their support through the 2020 season.