NRL Round 22 – Match 2 Results: Gold Coast Titans 34 v 12 Parramatta Eels

A team written off by many as not being able to win this year’s Premiership again answered their critics with another big win, the Gold Coast Titans beating the Eels 34 – 12 at Skilled Park on Friday night.

The Titans are looking set to make the top four after rising to fourth on the ladder following their third win on the trot.

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It is not such good news for the Eels, however, who now look out of the finals having dropped right down to 12th after losing back-to-back games.

To make the finals Parramatta must now win all four of their final games, none looking easy as they face the Broncos, Tigers, Rabbitohs and the Warriors.

Looking at the final score from Friday night gives no indication of just how close this game was in the early stages and what an incredible second half comeback the Titans made.

In a gritty opening 40 minutes Parramatta held the advantage scoring the sole two first half tries.

Joel Reddy was first to score in the 19th minute followed by a Jarryd Hayne special in the 26th minute.

Luke Burt slotted both through the posts so the visitors lead 12 – nil heading into half time.

But back in the second half the Titans dug in their heels and showed the Eels how things were done at the Gold Coast scoring six unanswered tries and Scott Prince converting five to give them a total of 34 points.

Veteran Mat Rogers proved once again he was still one of the best in the game scoring their first in the 47th minute following a nasty high shot on Prince just a minute earlier by Ben Smith.

This was followed by speedy winger Kevin Gordon in the 55th minute, the conversion tying the score 12 all.

Then just five minutes later Bodene Thompson pushed the Titans into the lead with another four-pointer.

Mark Minichiello then got back-to-back converted tries to put the result beyond doubt.

Thompson iced the cake by scoring his second match try two minutes from time following another kick from Prince who then booted it through on the siren to leave the Eels shaking their heads in embarrassment.

Next week the Titans look to have a nice easy game against the Cowboys while the Eels must face the Broncos. Whatever team you want to back there is one thing all smart punters have in common, not betting at the TAB.

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