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Titans terrific as Queensland claim game three on the Gold Coast

26,307 fans packed into Cbus Super Stadium for State of Origin game three, with Queensland's three Titans representatives able to celebrate a victory in front of their home crowd.

In front of a fairly even split of Blues and Maroons fans, the Titans contingent of Moeaki Fotuaika, Tino Fa'asuamaleaui and AJ Brimson starred for Queensland albeit in different gameday roles.

After a solid start, it was 19 minutes in where the big boy from Gympie exploded for his state.

Cameron Munster found Fa'asuamaleaui with a nice pass, and the Titan charged through the line.  In space, Tino found Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow who scored on his Origin debut.

In the first set after the try, Tino was at it again.  Fa'asuamaleaui put a huge hit on Tom Trbojevic, joining with Josh Papalii as Queensland's enforcers.

Moeaki Fotuaika entered after 21 minutes, replacing Papalii, but it was his Titans team-mate who continued to bruise the opposition.  Fa'asuamaleui hit Josh Addo-Carr - hard.  The shot floored the Blues winger who took minutes to return to his feet.

His first half stint involved 30 minutes on the field, where he notched 84 running metres, two tackle breaks and 23 tackles.

Valentine Holmes left the field with an injury, opening the way for AJ Brimson to enger.

The Titans fullback slotted into the centres, with Tabuai-Fidow moving to the wing.

After an early dropped ball, Brimson didn't just look comfortable playing out of position, he looked threatening.

Ben Hunt scored a double, with his second try giving Queensland an eight point lead with 15 minutes remaining.

Fotuaika quietly went about his business, but again was arguably one of the best forwards on the field.


Fa'asuamaleaui replaced Fotuaika for the finish as the Blues charged home, Api Koroisau scoring his maiden Origin try which was converted to bring New South Wales within two points with ten minutes remaining.

Tino got his body in the way of Cameron Murray close to the line to hold out the Blues, with Brimson juggling and then defusing a grubber by Tedesco as the Titans combined to shut down the Blues attacking raid.

The Blues had a chance to level with just minutes remaining as a penalty given, with Latrell Mitchell taking a shot at goal from 51 metres out.  The shot fell short and Queensland were able to hold on to take game three 20 points to 18.

Fa'asuamaleaui finished with 101 run meters from 45 minutes, Fotuaika with 129 run metres in a 45 minute performance that also included 55 post contact metres, three tackle breaks and 26 tackles, while Brimson also impressed playing out of position in the centres.

Junior Paulo was put on report as the two sides clashed after the final siren, putting in doubt his appearance at the same venue in two night's time as the Titans host the Parramatta Eels.

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.