Titans prove too strong for lacklustre Eels in controversial contest

Despite trailing at half-time, the Titans produced a spirited second-half performance to come away with the victory.

The Titans looked down and out of the game at the second half following a flat first-half where Parramatta’s defence was rock solid in general and on their line.

It was the Titans second-half performance however that will have newspapers and critics talking.
Whether it was something John Cartwright said at half-time, or whether they realised they have to step it up a notch,  it worked and the Eels had no answers to it.

The Titans produced perhaps their best half of football scoring 38 unanswered points on the back of some Scott Prince and Mat Rogers magic. These guys were everywhere and made the difference.

The game was not without controversy though as Harrison was awarded a controversial torso try, a rule that many disagree with in the NRL even high up, and a second controversial try to Bodene Thompson in which he appeared to be somewhat held up before rolling over and grounding the ball.

Putting controversies aside however, the Eels will only have themselves to blame for their lacklustre second-half performance and it seems that their finals hopes are now all but over as they have to face 3 top 8 sides.

Anything is possible these days, but the Eels seem to be struggling mentally, and whether they can overcome that mental barrier in time seems to be out of the question.  Best bet is for them to look to 2011.

Titans had a never say die attitude and quite frankly, they deserved the win. Fantastic effort from Prince and Rogers, but the whole did their job and they laid the platform for the halves to do their job.

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