The Gold Coast Titans travelled across the Tasman last week and scored a very important 28 – 20 victory over the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday afternoon, giving their finals hope a solid surge.
Now in fifth spot on the ladder, the Titans are crawling their way closer to regaining a spot in the top four before the end of the season, posting back-to-back wins following their golden point victory over the Dragons in Round 20.
New Zealand, however, are just hanging onto their spot in the top eight following their second loss on the trot. The Warriors now have to dig deep to regain their earlier form that saw then string together five big wins.
On Sunday the Warriors got off to a dominant start scoring the first two tries of the game, one each to Simon Mannering and Lance Hohaia in the ninth and 14th minutes.
James Maloney converted both tries and the home side enjoyed an early 12 – nil lead.
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But just a few minutes later the Titans begun their comeback when Steve Michaels snuck in for a match double, scoring the Gold Coast’s opening two four-pointers in the 17th off a Prince grubber and 34th minutes.
Both of Michaels’ tries were kicked by Scott Prince and the two teams were at a lock 12 all heading into half time.
In the second half it was the Warriors again who started the better team, the ever popular Manu Vatuvei flying in with their third just three minutes back from the break after leaping on a Brett Seymour kick to push them in front 16 – 12.
But from there the Gold Coast scored three unanswered tries. Mat Rogers, who kicked the winning field goal against the Dragons last week, scored a match double with four-pointers in the 57th and 71st minutes and William Zillman getting another in the middle after running the length of the field.
Scott Prince booted two from three successfully so the visitors leaped in front for the win, the Warriors getting one final consolation try when Brett Seymour crossed in the 76th minute.
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