It was the big Queensland derby of the weekend, with one team flying high with a ton of momentum, the other needing a win to get their season and expectations back on track.
When the game started, it was clear that the high-flying Titans were out to win and their played showed it, with the Gold Coast side now moving into the top 5 with their 31-12 win over the North Queensland Cowboys at Skilled Park.
The Cowboys side, who were missing James Tamou, Johnathan Thurston and others due to Origin and injuries, were the side more affected by the lack of their Origin stars, as they struggled against a rampant Titans side.
After a disappointing loss last week, Titans coach John Cartwright was pleased with how his side bounced back and praised the team performance.
“It was a very pro hgh emotional week that week and a bit of it spilled over into the game and, yeah, we didn't respond that well,” Cartwright said of the Broncos loss.
“The sign of a good side is how you come out of it. I think we had 17 penalties against us today, which must be some sort of record and there was nothing for back-chatting – they just kept turning up to do their job.”
Clearly missing their Origin stars and injured players, it was an out-of-sorts Cowboys performance, with coach Neil Henry admitting as such.
“Overall, it's a poor performance from our squad,” Henry said.
“We've got enough experience out there, even with our young guys, to be better than that.
“It's a disappointing day for the boys and the club regardless of who's out.”
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