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New-look Titans show promise in derby

The Broncos came from behind to snatch a 16-12 victory against a spirited Titans outfit in a gripping derby clash at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday night.

The Titans led 12-10 until midway through the second half when Brisbane captain Adam Reynolds scored and the home side had a late try disallowed as they fell agonisingly short.

For the Broncos, the win almost guarantees them a finals berth and hope of finishing in the top four after joining the Storm and Eels on 24 points.

The Titans tryline was virtually impenetrable in the first half - until the final tackle before the break when Adam Reynolds fired a long pass to put winger Delouise Hoeter over in the corner.

The home team had taken the lead with the first try of the match in the 30th minute after star fullback AJ Brimson collected a loose ball near his own line from a Reynolds kick and raced 70-metres downfield.

Five-eighth Tanah Boyd scored several tackles later after winning the race for a perfectly weighted Toby Sexton grubber into the Broncos in-goal.

The lead up to the Broncos try also started deep inside their own half after they spread the ball wide to winger Jordan Peirera, who raced downfield before kicking in-field and second-rower Jordan Riki came up the ball.

Gold Coast prop Jaimin Jolliffe put his side ahead five minutes into the second term when he pushed off Rhys Kennedy and rolled out of a tackle by fullback Tesi Niu to plant the ball on try line.

However, errors proved costly for the Titans, with Pereira hitting back for the Broncos when he bounced his way into the in-goal to score in the 50th minute after a lost ball by Beau Fermor.

Another fumble by the Titans centre as he attempted to play-the-ball led to Reynolds crossing to bring up his 2000th premiership point after backing up a break by Tyson Gamble to put the Broncos ahead for the first time in the match.

Both teams had tries disallowed late in the match, with Brisbane rookie Zac Hosking denied for a double-movement and Titans centre Phil Sami fumbling the ball after diving on a Sexton grubber. 

Match snapshot

  • Broncos captain Adam Reynolds became just the eighth player since 1908 to surpass 2000 premiership points when he scored the 56th minute try to put the visitors ahead for the first time in the match.
  • Titans captain Tino Fa'asuamaleaui watched the opening 51 minutes from the interchange bench before being thrust into action after his starring role for Queensland in Wednesday night's Origin series triumph.
  • Māori All Stars hooker Erin Clark ran 157 metres in a 52 minute stint after starting at lock in a move that enabled him to have a similar impact to  Reuben Cotter at the Cowboys.

What's next

The Titans travel to Sydney next Sydney to take on the Bulldogs at CommBank Stadium.

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.