NRL Round 14 – Match 1 Results: Titans 28 v 14 Sea Eagles

Round 14 got underway on Friday night with a big home ground win for the Titans who upstaged Manly 28 – 14 at Skilled Park.

Both teams were once in the number two spot on the NRL ladder this season, but some poor recent form had seen them fall off their perch.

With their win on Friday night, the Gold Coast are now in the top four once again while Manly continue to look less and less dangerous, now number six on the ladder after suffering their second successive loss.

The Titans got off to a good start nine minutes in when Kevin Gordon scored their first four-pointer. Scott Prince converted with ease, and the home side were six up early on.

A mere three minutes later Mark Minichiello added to their sensational opening quarter, scoring the Titan’s second. Prince made it two from two and the score was 12 – 0 in favour of the Gold Coast.

The Sea Eagles finally got on the board nearly half an hour in, when the in-form Matt Ballin opened their account with a 29th minute try. Shane Rodney, taking over kicking duties from the injured Jamie Lyon, booted it through the posts narrowing the margin by six.

Then, just before the half time siren the Gold Coast were awarded a penalty, which Prince kicked in the 39th minute so the score heading into the break was 14 – 6 in favour of the Titans.

It was a slow starting second half as the two teams ground each other down. Finally the first second half try was scored in the 62nd minute when the Titans Sam Tagataese got over in a barnstorming effort, and they found themselves in front 18 – 6.

Building momentum, it was the Gold Coast who were next over the line again a mere three minutes later when Kevin Gordon scored a 65th minute four-pointer making it a match double. Again, Prince missed the conversion, but they still held a comfortable 22 – 6 lead.

Manly were able to tighten the margin with a rare eight-point try awarded to them in the 62nd minute. Minichiello was penalised for sliding into Ben Farrar’s try, and was put on report. The try was then converted by Rodney and the extra penalty kick bought them up to 14 points.

But the eight pointer did little to help a struggling Sea Eagles side that were simply outplayed by the Titans. And to add some gloss to the score, prop Luke Bailey scored a fifth and final try for the Gold Coast seven minutes from time after jumping on a Greg Bird kick, converted by Prince so they won 28 – 14.

It was a big win for the Titans, their first home game victory in four attempts.

On Friday night Suncorp Stadium hosts their NRL double-headed, and in the second match the Titans will play the low-ranking Bulldogs. The Titans are sure to start as the favourites and to get behind them head to Manly will enjoy a home game this round, facing off against the Rabbitohs.