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.
â€œI thought his second half was very good, he got us a couple of opportunities there,â€ Griffin said.
â€œIn 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.â€
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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