Titans pip Storm

The Titans have treated the Storm to their first loss of 2010, downing the reigning NRL Premiers 20-16 in front of over 20,000 fans at Skilled Stadium on the Gold Coast.

The win was made even more impressive, given the fact that the Gold Coast are still without Scott Prince due to injury and are in the midst of a controversy over their alleged salary cap situation.

It was a night of milestones, with Greg Bird getting his first touchdown for the Titans and veteran lock Ashley Harrison celebrating his 200th NRL game.

For Melbourne, it was probably the one that got away.

They looked to be cruising in the first half, up by 12 points at the break and it looked like they would go through the motions to close this one out in the final 40 minutes.

Former Newcastle flanker Anthony Quinn bagged a triple for himself inside the first half and without the guidance of Prince, few thought the Titans could go with the Storm if they hit the go button.

But possession and momentum are critical to modern day NRL and when the Titans got their fair share of ball in the second stanza, they took the opportunity with both hands.

The Storm didn’t post another point and the Titans fired up on the back of a heavily involved Greg Bird to edge ahead in the backend.

The win on the back of some torrid defence in the second half will no doubt boost the confidence of the Titans, prop Luke Bailey confirming it as the best performance for some time from his side.

Next week the Storm are at home to the resurgent Manly Sea Eagles and the Titans face a tough game again at Skilled against the Dragons.

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