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Key Three: Kini and co put on a show

Down on troops but not down on courage, the Gold Coast Titans have recorded one of the bravest wins in the club's history.

With players already playing out of position, an early injury and a fired up Broncos crowd, the Titans had it all against them.

Refusing to quit, Des Hasler's men fought until the very end to record a victory in a 70-point thriller at Suncorp Stadium earlier today.

The side, captained this afternoon by front row forward Moeaki Fotuaika, have shown resilience and continued improvement over the last six weeks and the Titans mentor would have liked what he saw today.

Here are the key talking points from the game that was.

Pride in the jersey

It is a special occasion as the NRL celebrated Indigenous Round, but the Titans made it a memorable one with an upset win that was built on courage, heart and mateship.

Given little to no chance before the game, things got even tougher for the Titans when winger Tony Francis went off injured at the 22nd minute mark.

With players out of position across the park, Des Hasler's men stood up under the ultimate adversity to record a fourth straight Sunday afternoon victory over the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.

It was meant to be a dream week for Tony Francis, making his debut in the NRL for the Titans and scoring his side's first try, but unfortunately injury struck the young flyer and he was forced from the field just after the 20 minute mark.

In a repeat of recent weeks for the Gold Coast side, injury wreaked havoc with Des Hasler's lineup as his side tried to cover the loss of the winger early.

David Fifita moved to left centre, joining Beau Fermor in a makeshift pairing, while Brian Kelly headed to the right wing. 

None of that mattered though, as the Titans played until the final whistle and got the all-important two points. 

Special K goes snap, crackle and pop!

He lit up Magic Round last week, and Keano Kini was back for more at Suncorp Stadium today.

The young fullback is only 11 games into his NRL career but his star continues to rise.

Kini was in everything good the Titans did today - running strong and having a hand in four of his side's tries.

Handed the kicking duties for the match, the cool customer calmly took on the role under the boos from the loud Suncorp Stadium and stood tall, his kicking proving the difference as his side won by two points.

With injured fullbacks AJ Brimson and Jayden Campbell sidelined for a few weeks yet, Kini is proving more than a capable deputy.

F3 - Origin Audition puts Fotuaika, Fifita and Fermor at forefront

If Billy Slater is looking for effort and grit in his Queensland Origin side, he got it in spades from the Titans forward trio in Moeaki Fotuaika, David Fifita and Beau Fermor today.

With their side down on troops and early injuries, the three Origin hopefuls stood up.

Fifita was shifted to the centres early to cover an injury to winger Tony Francis but remained heavily in the game with 20 runs for 235 metres and 6 tackle breaks.

Fotuaika captained the side for the second week in a row and was tireless in his 57 minutes with 143 metres and 29 tackles.

Beau Fermor was back to his best today, putting on a show with his strong running game and his utility value.

Starting the game in the centres, Beau was never out of the game, scoring his side's second try and contributing with 220 run metres and 20 carries of his own.

With the increased injury toll in 2024, Fermor's versatility could be an added bonus for the Queensland side.

The Dalby product was a part of the extended squad in 2022 before an ACL injury ended his 2023 campaign.

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.