Round 18 kicked off on Friday night with a thrillingly close showdown by two top teams, the Wests Tigers narrowly hanging on to defeat a determined Titans 15 – 14 at Campbelltown Stadium in front of 14,000 fans.
A stunning Benji Marshall 50m field goal was the difference in the end after a gritty 80 minutes of footy played out. With the win the Tigers have held on to their top three spot on the ladder while the Gold Coast have slipped into the fifth position, making it a nervous next few weeks for punters backing the Titans to make the top four at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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Wests are in red hot form leading up to the final weeks of the season, now having won six from their last seven. They are still at the juicy odds of $10 to win the premiership at Ladbrokes.com.au but they won’t be for long if they keep up the good work, so jump on them now!
On Friday night the Titans got off to a great start when veteran Mat Rogers opened their account just two minutes in. He then converted his own try and the visitors lead by six after three minutes.
Not long after the Tigers fought back, Mitch Brown scoring their first in the 13th minute. Marshall converted and the score was tied six all.
It was a tense first half with no more tries scored after the Titans especially made some serious handling errors under pressure, but a penalty to the Gold Coast in the 23rd minute and then one to the Tigers five minutes from half time increased the score to eight all.
t looked like they would head to the sheds at a lock, but some Benji Marshall magic saw the Tigers get one in front, Marshall kicking a stunning drop goal from 50m back on the siren, which hit the bar but miraculously bounced over, had the home side lead 9 – 8.
It was also a magic moment for any punter that had bet on a field goal to be scored at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Back from the break it was more of the same as both teams fought hard, the tension reaching a peak in the 59th minute. After packing a scrum a brawl exploded, with Tigers captain Robbie Farah accusing Nathan Friend of head-butting him.
Gold Coast back rower Mark Minichiello was sent off to the sin bin for 10 after getting involved and despite the Titans putting on a gallant display without him, it was the Tigers’ Blake Ayshford who was next to score with a converted try in the 66th minute.
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Four minutes later Kevin Gordon got over for the Titans after pouncing on a Scott Prince kick and the see-sawing on the scoreboard continued. Rogers’ kick then brought them within one point. But with no more points scored it was Marshall’s close field goal that decided the win.
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