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Kelly-Sami combo off to a flying start

The Titans left-edge with Brian Kelly at centre and Phillip Sami on the wing shone in the Coast's first up performance against Parramatta.

Both bagged doubles as they exploded out of the blocks to start their individual campaigns for 2022.

Kelly, a former Paul Broughton Medallist, says the combination has been developing nicely and he is confident it will continue to improve the longer they spend together.

Kelly brings the Titans closer

"We've been training there since the new year together and we've got a good combination together," he said.

"It felt good out there with Phil, but also Will (Smith) and AJ (Brimson) are also there so it'll be an exciting year."

Kelly ran for 114 metres, and had two line breaks to go alongside his two tries, but was quick to credit his winger for one of them.

"Phil got a head knock, so I pinched one of his tries," Kelly laughed.

The Eels held off a determined Titans to take a 32 points to 28 victory at their home ground, but Kelly says there are plenty of positives for the Gold Coast club.

"Hopefully we can keep defending well like we did during the back end of the second half," he said.

"I felt like we were a bit rusty in the first half and we let them punch us in the face first and get a lead.

"We hit back and in the second half we defended our line, but there are positives and also negatives and we've just got to move on and learn from it."


Kelly caps off an explosive move by the Titans

The Titans return to the Coast in round two and will take on the Warriors at Cbus Super Stadium.

$20 from every ticket sold ($10 from the Titans and $10 from Village Roadshow Theme Parks) will be donated to flood recovery efforts.

For Kelly, who has family throughout the Northern Rivers, he says he hopes a big crowd turns out to help raise much needed funds for the area.

"It'll be good to get home, especially with the floods down home (around Ballina) and in South East Queensland," he said.

"Tt will be good to get back home and have something positive and share the love."

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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.