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Key three: Campbell smashes record as penalty cruels Titans in golden-point thriller

A heartbreaking offside penalty has gifted the Dolphins a 23-21 victory over the Titans in a golden-point finish at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

In yet another close contest between the two sunshine state rivals, it was the Dolphins who again prevailed by two points to deliver their eighth victory of the season.

Missing 392 games of NRL experience with the Gold Coast's four Maroons stars on Origin duty, veteran playmaker Kieran Foran stepped up to skipper the side, as did young gun Jayden Campbell who smashed the Titans' all-time run metres record after Phil Sami came oh, so close last month.

Here are the key talking points from the Round 19 clash:

Golden-point thriller caps off history-making affair

The first ever instalment of the Sunshine Showdown played at Cbus Super Stadium didn't disappoint the 18,335 who filled the stands to witness another two-point affair between the two youngest NRL franchises.

With the home side leading 14-6 at the break, a resurgent Dolphins attack took the lead with three tries in the opening 20 minutes of the second stanza before Brian Kelly added the equaliser in the 65th minute.

Jamayne Isaako broke Gold Coast hearts in the 74th minute with a crucial one-pointer, but Tanah Boyd hit back in quick succession with a field goal to send the game into golden point and keep the contest at a knife's edge.

Boyd one pointer equalises

In extra-time, the game went set-for-set until an Isaako field goal was waved away, but referee Grant Atkins ruled Erin Clark to be offside and therefore awarding a penalty right in front, which effectively sealed victory for the visitors.

Foran stands tall in captain’s knock

Missing 392 games of NRL experience in the clash with four of the Coast’s best out of action on Origin duty, experienced campaigner Kieran Foran took control with the ‘c’ next to his name, skippering the side in a stirring performance to almost get his side's eighth victory of the season.

In his 275th NRL appearance, the 32-year-old scored the first try by setting up Alofiana Khan-Pereira with a perfect cut-out floating pass before the young winger kicked back in-field for his 54th career four-pointer; before setting up Phil Sami with yet another pinpoint pass out-wide to help extend the lead late in the first half.

Foran is on the spot to score

He doubled up his try assists efforts in the second half by putting Brian Kelly over, and also aided in three line break assists.

Jayden etches Campbell name into history books... again

The famous Campbell surname has been placed in Titans folklore once again after son of a gun Jayden smashed the all-time running metres record with 315 metres.

Campbell splits them

A record nudged last month against the Tigers when Phil Sami drew level with the 2019 achievement set by Jai Arrow against the Rabbitohs - that being 290 metres - Campbell eclipsed that and more as a livewire in the No. 1 jersey; also busting nine tackles and breaking the line on two occasions.

Not only a dynamo with ball in-hand, the 23-year-old came up three tenacious try-saving efforts at fullback; including a huge play right at the death, helping force an error which prevented Sean O'Sullivan from scoring the match-winning try.

Campbell try saver against opposite number

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.