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Peters double headlines Titans historic Cbus victory

A game for the ages... the Gold Coast Titans have clinched a narrow two-point victory in the first ever Queensland derby, defeating the Brisbane Broncos 28-26 in an absolute thriller at Cbus Super Stadium.

A Brianna Clark penalty goal in the final three minutes sealed victory in the historic clash at home, keeping the Titans finals hopes well and truly alive with one game to play next Sunday in Brisbane at Newcastle.

Match summary

The Titans were eager to get off to a flying start in their first match at home and answering the calling was Steph Hancock, who had circled this game in big, red ink on the first day of pre-season.

Her points-scoring effort was a carbon copy of her first NRL try last week, targeting defenders on the line before barging over to help give the Titans a 6-0 against the rugby league legend's former club.

Hancock crashes over

The home side was in again minutes later when a fantastic team try took place from end-to-end to set Cbus Super Stadium alight. Shaniah Power throwing a pin-point cutout ball to Hailee-Jay Maunsell on her own 30 metre line for the young 18-year-old winger to fly down the sideline before finding Evania Pelite on her inside, finishing off the Titans' second four-pointer of the afternoon to lead 12-0.

The visitors got on the board in the 12th minute when the Broncos spread the ball from right to left for Hagiga Mosby to score. They were in again eight minutes later when Chelsea Lenarduzzi barged her way over to make it only a two-point ball game.

The Titans gave themselves some wriggle room on the scoreboard in the 26th minute when Shaniah Power beat what seemed like a thousand defenders with some classy footwork to barge over and further extend the lead to eight points.

The Titans go bang bang

A lapse in defensive pressure saw the intrastate rivals score two quick tries in the last five minutes of the first half with Kaitlyn Phillips and Shenae Ciesiolka finding the line to take the lead at half-time, 20-18.

An inspirational pump-up from Titans coaching staff at the break rallied the troops, culminating in first points of the second half, with the Titans spreading the ball from left to right to see Jasmine Peters dive over on the north-eastern side. 

The tough kick for the extras was waved way with the home side in front, 22-20; and the score remained that for a further 10 minutes until a quick-thinking Tarryn Aiken spotted a hole in the goal-line defence and dived over to re-take the lead and the successful conversion from Lauren Brown pushed the score out to 26-22.

With a spirited home crowd behind them, the Titans lifted in the 60th minute, finding Peters for her second try in the corner, locking the contest up at 26-26.

Three minutes remained on the clock attacking the line, the home side received a penalty 35 metres out and opted to take the two points. Brianna Clark took the shot and nailed it, to make it 28-26.

Clark absorbs all the pressure

That remained the score until full-time, with the Titans claiming the first ever NRLW Queensland derby and their first win at Cbus Super Stadium.

More post-match analysis to come.


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.