NRL Round 6 – Match 1 Results: Titans 6 v Dragons 19

In the opening game on Friday night, the Titans failed to repeat their Round 5 performance that saw them defeat the Melbourne Storm, when they went down to the Dragons 19 – 6 at Skilled Park.

It was one of the Gold Coast’s few losses at their home ground and the first time they have failed to score at least 12 points playing at Skilled Park.

The Dragons proved their premiership claims even further when they played strongly in the face of injury, winning without the help of Matt Prior, Jarrod Saffy or Jeremy Smith.

St George Illawarra now sit proudly at the top of the NRL ladder, the only team with five wins to their name this year.

It was a listless first half from the Titans, who failed to score while the Dragons asserted their dominance with centre Matt Cooper opening their account with a dummy-half try in the 19th minute.

Dragons’ five-eighth Jamie Soward, who was the star of the match, converted the kick giving them a six to nil lead after the first quarter.

In a first half riddled with errors and poor completion rates from both teams, no more tries were scored and the Dragons went to the break with the six point lead.

Titans fans were still enthusiastic, however, as their beloved team had fought back the week before from a 12 point deficit at half time.

This week the Dragons were not going to let them in with an easy second half comeback and fought on for victory.

Eight minutes into the second half the Dragons Ben Creagh got over the line and the conversion saw them increase their lead 12 to nil.

This was backed up by a brilliant try by Soward, and after converting his own try, they had an imposing 18 point lead.

And just to put some icing on the cake, Soward kicked himself a nifty field goal 10 minutes later to give St George their final point, Soward’s 11th of the match.

With three minutes left on the clock Michael Henderson managed to give the Titans one try for the night and Preston Campbell’s conversion saw the final score sit at 19 – 6 in favour of the mighty Dragons.

In more bad news for the Gold Coast, veteran player Mat Rogers suffered a horrific knee injury during the match. He was out in the 26th minute after diving for a loose ball and his team failed to play strongly without him.