Sluggish Roosters defeated by swift Titans

Scott Prince

If results go their way, the Gold Coast Titans could find themselves in the top 8, with their emphatic 36-16 win over the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium, suggesting that if they do make it, they will have every intention of pushing teams all the way.

Things did not go according to plan for the Titans early on, as the Roosters raced out to a 10-0 lead, before a mix of their steely defensive resolve, as well as some terrific ball movement, saw the Titans score 4 unanswered tries.

With rumours of apparent player discontent prevalent in recent weeks in the Roosters camp, the heavy loss will do nothing to alleviate those rumours – despite players having denied them.

Prince, who had perhaps his best game of the season, and was involved in all of the Titans attacks, said that they the club knows that they need to win.

“We’ve just got to win, whatever happens happens,” said Prince.

“We don’t look that far ahead to be quite honest. People will be sitting back saying they have to win a number of games and if you start talking and thinking like that you put your destiny in somebody else’s hands.”

Prince acknowledged the way his side got themselves back into the game, following a poor start.

“We were a bit sluggish early but it was great we held strong together,” he said.

In front of just 8,134 fans at Allianz Stadium, that was not the sort of performance the fans would have wanted to see – with coach Brian Smith admitting that the Roosters season was over.

“I don’t like to look at the ladder at all thanks, I’d prefer not to,” he said.

“But we’ve got a game again next Friday night and we’ve got an obligation to everybody, our fans and our sponsors but particularly to each other to get our act together and sustain that (first half effort) for much longer than we did tonight.”

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