The Titans' middle third showed plenty of courage and fight, but it wasn't enough to stop the red-hot Sydney Roosters from getting the two points in Mackay on Saturday night.
Moeaki Fotuaika, Erin Clark, Isaac Liu and Tino Fa'asuamaleaui all made over 25 tackles each, but it couldn't prevent the tri-colours from finishing the match as victors.
Match: Roosters v Titans
Round 9 -
Venue: BB Print Stadium, Mackay
In only the second minute, the Titans were the first to strike - Will Smith grubbering nicely on the last play into the in-goal, which was failed to be diffused by Joseph Suaalii, allowing Beau Fermor to dive on the scraps and draw the opening points to lead 4-0 in front of a vocal crowd in Mackay.
Fermor benefits after Suaalii error
The Roosters were quick to hit back when a quick shift allowed Joesph Manu to run down the right flank, offloading right before the try line to James Tedesco, who crossed to hit back and take the a slim 6-4 lead.
In the 16th minute, the visitors had a chance to level the score with a Toby Sexton penalty goal, but against a strong breeze, the kick was waved away and despite getting the ball back and a number of attacking raids, the Roosters held out the Titans to the slim two-point deficit.
To rub salt into the wounds, the Roosters were able to add their second four-pointer a number of sets later, when Tedesco found a hole in the Gold Coast's right edge and pounced, busting through to extend the lead to 12-4.
With errors hurting the Titans' chances to get out of their own end, the tri-colours capitalised on the plethora of field position with a try in the 31st minute to Suaalii.
The opposition added more points in the 34th minute when Siosiua Taukeiaho crossed in the right corner, but there was good noise on the horizon to give hope to a second half resurgent, when Sam Lisone barged over.
Three minutes until the break, Smith fired a grubber into the Roosters' defensive line, which took a deflection and allowed the powerful impact to scoop up near the line and dive over for the much-needed four-pointer.
Lisone jumps on the deflection
The Titans fired out of the blocks to start the second 40 with an inspirational play to kickstart the comeback - Erin Clark running out of dummy-half near the line to bluff the markers before finding a hard-running Herman Ese'ese to crash over and shorten the margin to just eight points.
Showing a strong defensive resolve for the next 15 minutes, the Roosters were able to break the dam wall with Daniel Tupou finding the line in the 61st minute.
This was backed up by Tedesco's triple four minutes later, extending the tri-colours lead to 34-16.
Two quick tries to wingers Tupou and Suaalii in the final 10 minutes added the icing on the cake for the Roosters, as they prevailed with a 44-16 win at full-time.
The Titans next head to Suncorp Stadium to face the St George-Illawarra Dragons on Saturday afternoon as part of Magic Round.
Match: Titans v Dragons
Round 10 -
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane