To win an NRL game, sometimes all it takes is a simple kick of the boot for a field goal, and for the Gold Coast Titans, thanks to a second-half field goal by five-eighth Aidan Sezer, the club defeated the St George Illawarra Dragons 15-14 earlier today.
A gritty, dogged affair yet one full of errors, it was a topsy turvy clash with both sides gaining ascendancy at different points – it was the Titans coach John Cartwright left more angry at the refs than his counterpart, fuming at a no-try decision for obstruction against William Zillman.
Cartwright was pleased with the way his side bounced back after that decision went against them.
“Anything can happen in a game and if you lose, you look like you’re making excuses but I think had we of last that one, we would have had a couple of genuine excuses for sure,” said Cartwright.
“It was a great effort from the players to pick themselves up. You know, that was gut-wrenching what happened and for them to pick themselves up, it was a super performance from our boys.”
The Dragons had some stars of their own in the game, with young Adam Quinlan impressing on debut – though departing five-eighth Jamie Soward had two opportunities to level things up but missed both field goals.
For Steve Price, whilst pleased with the Dragons effort, he was disappointed in parts of his side’s performance, lamenting their execution and discipline at crucial times.
“I thought the guys were really courageous out there but I thought we were a bit stiff in a few areas,” said Price.
“We had them on their tryline and a pass goes 15 metres backwards and Dave Taylor intercepts, Nathan Fien penalty before half-time. It’s tough to take.
“We had a chance to draw the game before the end there but I’ll leave it up to you guys to decide if that was offside or not.
3. Greg Bird
2. William Zillman
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