NRL Round 7 – Match 8 Results: Manly Sea Eagles 22 v Gold Coast Titans 24

The final match of Round 7 on Monday night was another win by the underdogs as the injury-marred Titans fought hard to defeat the in-form Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval putting an end to Manly’s four-match winning streak.

The Gold Coast are now sitting third on the NRL Ladder after their narrow win, their first ever at Brookvale Oval, when they became one of only three teams to have secured more than four wins so far this season.

After the Titans heavy loss to the Dragons in Round 6, they were out to prove they have what it takes for a finals berth this season and can put on a great show even without some of their star players including Scott Prince and Mat Rogers, and after a nice 10-day turnaround they went into the match refreshed and ready to play.

Manly sit just one rank under the Gold Coast as number four on the Ladder as they were able to defeat the Storm in Round 6 but couldn’t bring down the Titans this time.

It was a nail-biting first half, with the Titans Kevin Gordon scoring himself a first half double, putting the first down just two minutes into the match.

Fullback Preston Campbell, who booted four from four and scored a try of his own, converted and they lead six to nil after 120 seconds.

But a mere four minutes later Trent Hodkinson opened the Sea Eagles account with a converted try, kicked by Jamie Lyon to tie the score six all.

Manly then backed it up with a 16th minute try by Steve Matai and the kick by Lyon saw them take the lead 12 – 6.

The Gold Coast looked in trouble by the 27th minute when Ben Farrar scored the Sea Eagles’ third try extending their lead by another four points.

Before things got too desperate Kevin Gordon completed his first-half double for the Gold Coast in the 34th minute and with Campbell’s conversion the half-time score was 16 – 12 in favour of the home team.

Back from the break Manly were first to score when Steve Matai got over for his second match try in the 53rd minute. Lyon kicked this one and they widened the margin 22 – 12.

The Titans then put in one of the most impressive final 10 minutes, scoring two converted tries to steal the match by two points.

Preston Campbell scored in the 70th minute then Anthony Laffranchi followed just four minutes later.