Titans Steal Show

The Gold Coast Titans have pulled yet another rabbit out of their hats, this time defeating Manly 24-22  in the final minutes at Brookvale Oval, despite the Sea Eagles enjoying the run of play.

The Sea Eagles looked to be enjoying the home game, with halves Foran and Hodkinson again looking good early and hitman Steve Matai having a good game, despite playing his usual injury-card every 10 minutes.

But the problem for the Manly side, was that they couldn’t convert good possession into points.

They had plenty of chances, but they could have easily had 30 points on the board in this game given their run of play.

The Titans looked a yard short on pace all game.

Somehow they managed to snuff out the odd chance, with Preston Campbell ever-present to snap up a ball, generate some spark or get his team out of trouble.

The brilliance of Campbell was evident when he snapped up a short drop out from his own boot to secure possession for his side.

It would be hard to give Manly a spray for this, they actually had a defender 11m out from the Titans like – but somehow the nimble Presto still managed to delicately drop out and regather.

The good news for the Titans, is that they continue to be able to win – even when they’re aren’t at their best, and win away from home.

Coach John Cartwright knows they have a few things to work on, but he’ll be very happy with where things are at.

For Dessy Hasler and the Sea Eagles, they need to look at securing more high balls.

Ben Farrar remains a little shaky under the bomb, and the option of moving Robertson to fullback is also not effective.

Robertson played solidly on the flank and remains a good winger, thats where he should stay.

Farrar is a centre and just looks all at sea when at the back by himself.

The Sea Eagles are away to the Bunnies next week and this should be a great game, the Bunnies forwards could really buckle the Manly men at this rate.

For the Titans, they’re at home to the in-form Penrith, in what should be the match of the round.

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