Whilst the Titans won, the talking point out of this game from the perspective of any Bulldogs fan, is what would have happened if a try to Josh Reynolds had of been awarded, one that would have likely changed the outcome of the game.
With that aside, it was a much needed win for the Gold Coast Titans, one that moves them into eighth on the competition ladder, after their 26-12 triumph over the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.
It was a Kevin Gordon hat-trick that got them over the line, as he, fullback David Mead and back-rower Greg Bird were just three of their solid performers, as the Dogs were left to rue their chances.
The contentious moment came in the 52nd minute, when the on-field ref sent a no-try decision upstairs to check for a Bulldogs knock-on in the lead-up to a try.
With no conclusive evidence in their eyes to overturn the decision, video referees Steve Clark and Luke Patten agreed with the call from the on-field referee and deemed it a no-try.
It compounded when the Titans later scored, though as the game wore on and the intensity started to show in the Dogs play, they had their chances but often let themselves down Generic Viagra with some poor ball control and silly penalties.
It was a penalty-fest in the game, but Bulldogs coach Des Hasler was not about to lay any of the blame towards the officials.
“It was very disappointing. We didn’t help our own cause – we certainly helped theirs,” Hasler said.
“There were a number of times we had the game and were unable to go on with it.
“It was our opportunity to get away from that congestion (in the eight). We’ve got a tough fortnight ahead of us now.”
The loss was compounded even further by the potential loss of Sam Kasiano, who will undergo scans on his injured knee.
For the Titans, the win was much needed and despite what is a torrid run home towards the finals, they are determined to do what they have to and progress to the finals.
“The eight’s always there, and you can’t say that you’re not looking at it – if your team’s not playing well the reality is there’s not much point thinking about the eight,” Cartwright said.
“There’s light at the end of the tunnel now … we’ve worked our way back into the eight and we certainly want to stay there.”
3. David Mead
2. Greg Bird
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