NRL Round 19 – Match 2 Results: Gold Coast Titans 10 v 24 Brisbane Broncos

The Queensland big brothers did it again on Friday night when the Broncos travelled to Skilled Park and showed the Titans what footy is all about, scoring a thrilling 24 – 10 victory.

Brisbane clawed their way back into the seventh spot on the ladder winning off they bye, before which they were narrowly defeated by the Tigers.

Showing great improvement after their dismal start to the season, where they won just two of their opening eight games, Brisbane stepped up in defence and played with plenty of determination on Friday night.

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The Gold Coast have slipped further down the ladder into eighth spot, just hanging onto their finals dreams after suffering their third straight loss.

Things got off to a tense start for the Broncos who found themselves trailing by 10 points after 25 minutes before they turned things around in a head-spinning second half performance.

The home side Titans started strongly and dominated in possession, with veteran Mat Rogers opening their account in the ninth minute, then converting his own try.

Bodene Thompson backed this up in the 25th minute scoring the Gold Coast’s second, but Rogers missed the kick so they were less than two converted tries in front.

Brisbane finally fought back in the 33rd minute when Matt Gillett scored and after Corey Parker, who had a brilliant night on the boot converting four from four, kicked it through the posts from the sideline the Broncos trailed 10 – 6 heading into the break.

In the second half Brisbane totally dominated with young Antonio Winterstein leading the way scoring a double.

The game spun in the Broncos favour when Mat Rogers was controversially sin-binned and sent off for 10 after holding down Broncos winger Jharal Yow Yeh in the 52nd minute.

Playing 13 on 12 gave Brisbane the break they were looking for to turn things around and moments later Winterstein got over in the 54th minute. With Parker’s second sideline conversion, Brisbane snuck into the lead by two points.

Things looked dangerous for a while, the Broncos defence really put on the line as they were desperate to hang onto their narrow lead.

Then in the 68th minute Winterstein made it a match double, jumping on a ball from Josh Hoffman who made a sensational low catch and almost simultaneous grubber-kick. Another beauty from Parker extended their lead 18 – 10.

Young Jharal Yow Yeh put the icing on the cake in the 78th minute scoring the Broncos fourth try, Parker’s kick sailing through on the siren so the visitors enjoyed a tidy 24 – 10 win.

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In more bad news for the Titans their five-eighth Greg Bird was sent off late in the match after injuring his hamstring and will likely miss 4 – 6 weeks.

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