Corey Norman

Given their respective positions on the ladder and their form coming into this game, it could be regarded as an upset, and that is exactly what happened – as the Brisbane Broncos defeated the Gold Coast Titans 32-12 at Skilled Park.

In a derby that has intensified as a contest over the last few years, it had points, brawls and everything else, with former Gold Coast Titans half Scott Prince booed by a hostile Gold Coast crowd of just over 22,000.

Prince, who has been a bit disappointing so far this year, played perhaps his best game of the season, something that Broncos coach Anthony Griffin was pleased to see.

“I thought his second half was very good, he got us a couple of opportunities there,” Griffin said.

“In the first half he was under a lot of pressure from the opposition and I thought he held his end up in defence and came up with some nice plays for us to get some space for Gillett and Hodges on the right side.”

The loss for the Titans was compounded by a potential season-ending injury to half Albert Kelly, who has been in career-best form this year, after being given a final chance by the Titans – but Titans coach John Cartwright confirmed after the game it might just be a medial injury of 1-2 weeks.

With the Titans uncharacteristically bad in defence, it was a game in which they were critical of their performance afterwards, with co-captain Nate Myles disappointed with how they defended.

“It was a tough loss but there are a lot of good teams in the comp and have to be better than that,” he said.

Titans stalwart Greg Bird, who was placed on report for a high shot on Lachlan Maranta, will probably get off, with Cartwright saying he does not think there was much in it.

“I was told there wasn’t too much in it. I was surprised they (Brisbane) got the penalty to be honest.”

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