The Gold Coast Titans suffered their first consecutive loss of the season on Monday night when they were beaten 16 – 30 by the Roosters at Skilled Park in a rare home game defeat.
The Titans, one time number twos on the ladder, now sit in the fourth spot after they lost two from two following their 28 – 6 thrashing from the Broncos in Round 10. Despite an impressive hat-trick from David Mead, the only player to score a try for the Titans on Monday night, they just couldn’t match the speed or momentum of the Roosters.
Sydney’s win was largely thanks to a sensational return from halfback and instrumental playmaker Mitchell Pearce who had a hand in a number of their tries, as well as multiple tries from both Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Frank Paul Nuuausala.
Pearce, returning from a shoulder injury, showed the Blues selectors he was back in-form and keen to represent NSW in the final two Origin games this series.
With the win Sydney have held on to a spot in the top eight, currently at number seven, finally breaking their two game losing streak that saw them go down to the Cowboys and the Knights earlier.
The Gold Coast looked like they would hand the Roosters their third straight loss when they exploded out of the gates with two tries in ten minutes. Just three minutes in Mead got in his first try, following with another just five minutes later. Scott Prince kicked one from two and the home side lead 10 – nil.
But it wasn’t long before the Rooster began their assault, with Shaun Kenny-Dowall scoring his first of an eventual match double in the 14th minute after a great cross-field kick from Pearce, so they trailed by a converted try.
From there on in Sydney took control of the game and left the Titans’ heads spinning running away with three more first half tries.
Anthony Minichiello got over in the 21st minute, followed by Frank Paul Nuuausala’s controversial first try just five minutes later and then Braith Anasta finished off the first half charge in the 35th minute with a run from dummy-half, with only the final try converted by Todd Carney.
Before the half-time siren, however, Mead managed to complete his hat-trick two minutes from time but even with Prince’s kick they still trailed by two.
At half-time it could have been anyone’s game, but back from the break it was a grinding second half with the Gold Coast left unable to score.
Sydney, on the other hand, got in another two as Kenny-Dowall and Paul Nuuausala both scored their second tries of the night, Carney converting both so the Rooster snared the 30 – 16 win.
The Titans get a chance to atone for their loss when they face the Raiders this week, but with the venue being Canberra they are likely to start as the underdogs. The Roosters should enjoy a big win this Saturday playing at home against the listless Sharks. Get in on the betting action of Round 13 at Ladbrokes.com.au!