Titans upset Broncos in rivalry round

Luke Bailey

It was a game that saw rugby league’s first 8-point try in 2 years, courtesy of a knee to a player’s back, as the Gold Coast Titans upset the Brisbane Broncos 14-10, in front of just over 20,000 fans at Skilled Stadium.

The 8-point try was awarded, when Bailey, who went in to score a try for the Titans, was collected in the face by Broncos fullback Josh Hoffman, as he attempted to punch the ball from the prop’s hands.

It was a matter that was deliberated on for a while between referee Jared Maxwell and video referee Paul Simpkins, before the decision was made to award it, to break a 6-all half-time deadlock.

The Titans win snapped a 6-game losing streak against the Broncos, with 2009 the last time the Titans had beaten the Broncos, before tonight’s clash.

The Broncos loss may be further compounded, with both back-rower Ben Te’o and Hoffman, both placed on report for separate incidents.

Although Titans coach John Cartwright refused to get carried away about the victory, he was feeling good with the suspected return of Origin stars Ashley Harrison and Greg Bird for next weeks game.

“To keep sides like that, who throw as much as they do at you, is a big effort,” he said.

Broncos coach Anthony Griffin was disappointed that his side was unable to back up their performance from last week, when they defeated the Warriors.

“We were very poor. I don’t think we had the effort to win tonight. We were waiting for the other team to hand us a win.

“I’m not taking anything away from the Titans – they were too good for us tonight.”

Cartwright was also full of praise for veteran prop Luke Bailey – with nothing but good things to say about him.

“He a freak. He gets better with age. You wind him up and he goes until he drops.”

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