Titans top 4 hopes in jeopardy after shock loss

Despite being out of finals contention, the Cronulla Sharks continue to be the giant-killers of the 2010 season upsetting the Gold Coast Titans 30-16 at Toyota Stadium.

Despite the loss however, the Titans still believe they can make the top 4,  with a win over the Wests Tigers next week all but cementing a top for spot for the club.

It was the player deemed as the NRL’s slowest winger, Luke Covell who opened the scoring in his last game for the Sharks at Toyota Stadium, with a 45 metre dash just put-running Titans half Scott Prince.

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan was delighted with his side’s victory, but he wasn’t sure if Covell would score the try that he did.

“I was up in the box and there were some people cheering and my first thought was he won’t get there but it was great for him to score,” Flanagan said of Covell taking the loose pass from Titans captain Scott Prince, and then fending the halfback off to get over the line.

In what was an emotional game for the Sharks with two of their favourite sons leaving in Trent Barrett and Luke Covell, the win was the perfect send-off for the two men, both of which were accompanied by their kids onto the field before the start of the game.

The major talking point out of this game though was Greg Bird’s return to the shire.

The downfall for the Titans though was a poor game from half Scott Prince who seemed to be out of sync and not playing as well as we have seen him play in the past.

“It wasn’t really the desired result but that was only a small blimp on the matches that are going to be coming up in the next few weeks for us,” said Bird, who only got a few boos from fans and spent plenty of time in the Sharks sheds after the match.

There were injury concerns for both teams however with Mat Rogers suffering a hip flexor injury, and Anthony Tupou suffering a thigh injury.

The shining light for the Titans was a two-try performance from young forward Bodene Thompson who scored two tries , both from bombs.

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