Panthers 10 Titans 28
Panthers: Wes Naiqama (42’), Tom Humble (63’)
Titans: David Mead (13’), Greg Bird (29’), Steve Michaels (59’), Kevin Gordon (75’, 80’)
The Titans defense was the key to their victory at Centrebet Stadium.
After the Panthers had one try disallowed (obstruction), the Titans scramble defense denied Penrith for a second time.
Off the back of their great pressure, the Gold Coast went on the attack and David Mead finished off a lovely backline move to give the visitors a 6-0 lead in the 13th minute.
The Titans defense wasn’t backing down, and Greg Bird pulled of a try saving tackle knocking the ball out of Luke Walsh’s hands while he was over the line. It wasn’t just Bird’s defense causing headaches, Bird took on four defenders in the 29th minute and slammed the ball down.
Half Time: Panthers 0 Titans 12.
The Panthers struck first in the second half after a cross-field bomb was tapped back to Wes Naiqama (42’).
Just when the Panthers looked to be gaining momentum, another perfectly implemented backline move allowed Steve Michaels to barge his way over in the 59th minute.
Tom Humble gave his team some hope when he intercepted a Luke Bailey pass and sprinted 60 meters for a 4-pointer (63′). Yet this was cancelled out as Kevin Gordon scored two tries in 5 minutes to cap off an impressive win for the Gold Coast Titans.
Knights 28 Raiders 12
Knights: Akuila Uate (15’), Anthony Quinn (21’), Tyrone Roberts (50’), Adam Cuthbertson (63’, 77’)
The Knights were happy to see key players Kurt Gidley and Willie Mason back from injury.
Both teams bombed a try early, but in the 15th minutes Jarrod Mullen made sure his cross field chip was perfect to Uate who scored the first try of the night.
Even though their recent success came down the right hand side, the Knights went left and Anthony Quinn finished off a second man play to put his team up 10-0 (21’).
The Raiders showed no signs of giving up and stormed on two quick tries. One when Joel Thompson pounced on a grubber that Darius Boyd didn’t clean up, and the second a simple backline move which Josh Papalii finished off.
Half Time: Knights 10 Raiders 12.
The Raiders were on the back foot from the start of the second half. They finally cracked when Tyrone Roberts threw a dummy that fooled everyone, he walked over untouched (50’).
Newcastle pushed the lead to 10 in the 63th minute when Adam Cuthbertson took on three Raiders defenders and won the battle.
Cuthbertson sealed the game in the 77th minute as he grabbed a double off the bench.