NRL Round 15 – Match 2 Results: Canterbury Bulldogs 24 v 25 Gold Coast Titans

In a scintillating showdown at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, the Titans fought hard to hold on after injury and were able to give the Queenslanders something to cheer for when they narrowly beat the Bulldogs by one point.

An early blow for the Gold Coast saw Preston Campbell ruled out after bruising his heel before the game and then midway through the first forty they lost their skipper Scott Prince to a torn hamstring that will see him out for at least a month.

With the gritty win, the Titans second in a row after they beat Manly 28 – 14 last week, they have maintained their spot in the top four while the Bulldogs have sunk further down the ladder into 14th spot after suffering their sixth successive loss.

The Gold Coast enjoyed a sizzling start to the match with two tries inside of the first 11 minutes. First Kevin Gordon opened their account in the 8th minute and then three minutes later Mark Minichiello scored again for the home side. Scott Prince converted one from two and they were in front 10 – nil early on.

The Bulldogs managed one first half try when the speedy Josh Morris got over in the 16th minute. Bryson Goodwin converted and they trailed by just four.

But not wanting to give Canterbury too much confidence, the Titans scored their third first half try in the 20th minute when William Zillman got over and Prince managed to convert only a few minutes before his game-ending injury to extend the Gold Coast’s lead 16 – 6.

No more tries were scored in the first half, but the Titans were awarded a penalty that was kicked by Mat Rogers, taking over from Prince, and they went to the break leading 18 – 6.

Just two minutes into the second half the Gold Coast scored what would be their final try, by Anthony Laffranchi. Rogers converted and it looked like it would be a long night for the Bulldogs who were now trailing 24 – 6.

But in an incredible comeback headlined by a Ben Barba double, Canterbury took advantage of a Titans outfit that had been weakened by the loss of their skipper and came within one point of breaking their miserable losing streak.

Barba scored his first converted try in the 59th minute. Then, Jamal Idris backed up just four minutes later with a four-pointer of his own that Goodwin booted through the poles so they were down by six.

In the 75th minute the Gold Coast’s Greg Bird kicked what would turn out to be the match winning field goal from nearly 30m out, as Ben Barba completed his match double just four minutes later. But even with the conversion Bird’s one point meant the Titans came away with the 25 – 24 win.

It was an important win for a team with a growing list of injured players, also including Luke O’Dwyer and Matt White.

This week the Titans head back to Skilled Park to host the Knights and the Bulldogs look in trouble of making it a 0 – 7 record on Monday when they head down to Canberra to play the Raiders. Check out Ladbrokes.com.au for all the odds!