It was a tough second half for the Gold Coast in the nation's capital, as an almighty comeback helped the Canberra Raiders clinch a nail-biting 24-22 victory in Round 3.
It was an impressive start by the Titans, piling on the points through the side's lethal left edge, but a ferocious comeback by the green machine saw them put 24 unanswered points in the final 40 minutes to inflict a heartbreaking loss on the blue and gold.
Match: Raiders v Titans
Round 3 -
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
A cracking set play got first points on the board with some well-executed shape deep out the backline. Erin Clark coming out of dummy-half ten metres out near the middle of the field, before shifting left through the hands of both halves, before AJ Brimson threw a pinpoint cut-out pass to Phil Sami who finished things off untouched on the edge.
Leading 4-0, Brimson was in the thick of things again in the 22nd minute, kicking on the last towards the lethal left edge, with Beau Fermor leaping in the air and batting it back for Brian Kelly, who cleaned up the scraps and found the chalk for the Titans' second try of the year.
Cheeky Kelly extends the lead
When it rains it pours and the Gold Coast were in again only moments later, this time Fermor getting in on the action, on the receiving end of a short-ball from Toby Sexton and busting through two tacklers to run 15 metres and to extend the lead to 16-0.
Dominating possession with 58 percent of the footy in the first half, Tino Fa'asuamaleaui got his first try with the 'c' next to his name, with the skipper barging over the Canberra goal-line defence to command a dominating lead in the nation's capital.
Tino piles on the pain
The home side were able to get on the board in the final minute of the first half when Elliott Whitehead got a lucky offload metres from the line, allowing Jordan Rapana to shift right to Semi Valemei, who crossed to make the score 22-4 at the break.
The Raiders started the second half with two tries to Matthew Timoko, who scored a quick-fire double in the 45th and 50th minutes to bring the score back to 22-14.
Further points fell in the way of the green machine, with Sebastian Kris crossing in the 60th minute to put the game on a knife's edge at 22-18.
A well-executed play gave the home side the lead with Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad planting the ball down near the dead ball line to take the lead 24-22.
Despite a number of attempts by the Titans to attack the Raiders line, they were unable to score anymore points, going down in a tough final 40 minutes.
The Titans will return home for a Thursday night date against the winless Wests Tigers at Cbus Super Stadium.
Match: Titans v Wests Tigers
Round 4 -
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
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