Desperate for a win, the Gold Coast Titans fought valiantly and came away with the goods, recording their first victory in 2019 against the Penrith Panthers.
With both sides coming into the game with as the two lowest scoring teams, a result that produced 54 points was probably not something many expected.
In the end, the Titans 30-24 win was enough to give the team some renewed spirit as the fans at Cbus Super Stadium had something to cheer about.
Penrith started the brighter of the two sides and it was James Maloney who opened the scoring off a James Fisher-Harris pass.
The Titans clawed their way into the contest with some exciting footy and were eventually rewarded for their efforts.
Halves pairing Ash Taylor and Tyrone Roberts combined, with Roberts pouncing on a Maloney fumble to level things up.
Milestone man Michael Gordon took advantage of a penalty and raced away off a quick tap.
The Titans then took the lead for the first time all season with Anthony Don soared highest to score in the corner.
Penrith would hit back, as a barnstorming Viliame Kikau proved unstoppable as he plowed through several Titans defenders to score.
With some renewed spirit, the Titans would again hit the lead just before the break.
Tyrone Peachey laid on the try this time as Gordon scored a try in his 250th game.
The 18-12 Titans half-time lead was short-lived as some poor goal line defence saw Fisher-Harris barge over.
After a disallowed try due to obstruction, the Titans thought more points may not come.
Penrith took the lead soon after, as a crafty one-handed pass by Nathan Cleary found winger Josh Mansour to score.
The Titans resolve was strong, however, as prop Jarrod Wallace scored a rare but crucial try for the club.
To retake the lead, the Titans were then awarded a penalty try after interference from Tyrell Fuimaono.
Try as they might, and despite some chances deep inside Titans territory, they were unable to break the Gold Coast line again.
The win was soured with an injury to Ash Taylor, though, who will be in some doubt.
Also injured was Panthers back-rower Isaah Yeo, who suffered a shoulder injury.
Not overly impressed with his side, Panthers coach Ivan Cleary lamented his side’s lack of consistency.
“It wasn’t great,” Cleary said.
“We’ve got a long way to go in terms of being able to play consistently for 80 minutes either side of the ball.
“That was our biggest issue tonight.
“I thought we had every reason a couple of times tonight to be able to go on with it but through a whole bunch of different things we can’t quite be consistent enough.”
The Titans resolve and attitude impressed coach Garth Brennan.
“I knew they weren’t going to give up but I knew we weren’t going to give up either,” a relieved Brennan said.
“A few of the defensive sets when Penrith were coming out of trouble showed me the desire in the football team that I knew was there.
“The ball hasn’t been bouncing our way but I knew if we kept working hard it would go our way eventually.”
NRL News Player of the Game
3. Michael Gordon
2. James Fisher-Harris
- Tyrone Roberts