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AJ takes charge and helps Titans break drought in style

The Gold Coast Titans have snapped their 10-game losing streak in style, all but crushing the Sea Eagles’ finals hopes with a courageous 44-24 win at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday.

Dealt a blow pre-game with inspirational skipper Tino Fa’asuamaleaui ruled out due to partner Jordan giving birth to their second child, stand-in captain AJ Brimson took the reins and led from the front, finishing the match with a try, try assist, two line breaks and eight tackle breaks to help steer his side to the emphatic victory.

The result all but ends Manly's top-eight hopes, while they also lost winger Jason Saab to a suspected ACL injury in the second half. 

Props Jarrod Wallace and Jaimin Jolliffe - who were both late additions to the starting side - combined for the opening try, but Reuben Garrick cancelled it out with his own converted try a short time late.

When Dylan Walker was sin-binned for a high tackle seconds after entering the game from the interchange on 20 minutes, the Titans took full advantage and exposed Manly with looping ball out to winger Jojo Fifita.

But the back-and-forth nature of the contest continued, and despite their numerical disadvantage Manly got one back through representative forward Jake Trbojevic.

Nine minutes from the break, former Sea Eagle Brian Kelly picked off a looping ball from Daly Cherry-Evans and took it 60 metres for a try which gave the Titans a 20-12 lead at the break. 

The second half was all about the Titans, with Beau Fermor scoring before AJ Brimson made the most of a fortuitous bounce to score his side's fifth, two minutes before David Fifita ploughed through the Manly defence for another. 

Fermor stormed over for his second inside the final minute to finish off his side's best performance of the year. 

Match snapshot

  • The victory was the Gold Coast's first since Magic Round in May this year and snapped a 10-game losing streak. 
  • Tanah Boyd was a strong performer in the halves, kicking six conversions from six attempts and setting up a try. 
  • The Sea Eagles completed at just 55 percent, making 15 errors.
  • Manly winger Jason Saab suffered a suspected ACL injury after falling awkwardly while jumping for a high ball in the second half.  
  • Manly's Dylan Walker was sin-binned for a high tackle midway through the first half. 
  • Andrew Davey left the field for a HIA 10 minutes before half time but passed and returned to the field. 
  • David Fifita has scored in each of his last three games against the Sea Eagles

Play of the game

A monster run from David Fifita which showed what he can do when he is on his game. Since regaining his starting spot in the pack Fifita has been in good form, and this effort - which means he has now scored in each of his last three games against the Sea Eagles - gave Titans fans plenty to smile about.

Fifita goes beast mode in 60m classic

What's next

The Titans head away to face the Dragons next and will be hoping to have the services of Fa'asuamaleaui again in a weeks' time.

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.