Brisbane have re-entered the winner's circle with a bruising 22-8 victory over a gallant Gold Coast Titans side in front of 31,380 fans at Suncorp Stadium.
In a game where the attrition was the name of the game rather than skill, Brisbane produced a few moments that wowed the crowd and blew away a Gold Coast outfit where injuries caught up with them in the end. Aidan Sezer and William Zillman both being taken from the field before time. It was one of Brisbane's formerly injured stars who shone.
The game could be classified as a slow burner with the opening twenty minutes featuring a solitary penalty goal to Aidan Sezer. The stop-start nature of the opening half shunted most of the attacking football as neither team could conjure an opening in the first thirty minutes of the contest.
When the points came though, it was in bunches. Brisbane struck first with Dale Copley getting across the stripe following a frivolous video referee intervention. It was a case of monkey see, monkey do as Gold Coast got their first four pointer from a similar sweeping movement that put Anthony Don in. His try gave the Titans an unlikely 8-4 lead which could have been ten if Beau Henry converted his penalty goal on halftime.
Once again it was slow to get going in the second half with both teams trying to win the field position game. Brisbane though were coming in waves and it wasn't long before the resolve of a game Gold Coast outfit was broken.
Right on the hour mark, it was the man of the hour - Justin Hodges who had been energetic all night produced a trick shot pass underneath his legs to put Dale Copley in for his brace. Brisbane were in the ascendency and could sense some for and against additions in the final twenty minutes of the contest.
In the end it became more of a when rathen than if Brisbane were going to add to the scoreline. Matt Gillett was the first across the stripe in the 63rd minute from a simple grubber through the line. Parker who took kicking duties from Ben Hunt after his first miss added a penalty goal in the 69th minute to put the lead out to six.
Fool them once shame on you, fool them twice - well the Titans were defeated. It was another grubber through the line with Jack Reed the one chasing through the line, putting it down with ease. Brisbane had broken the line and broken the Titan's spirit to claim a victory over their South East Queensland rivals 22-8.
The result will hurt more than just on the scoreboard for the Gold Coast side - Aidan Sezer was taken from the field with a shoulder injury deepening the halves crisis that is enveloping the side. Beau Henry may be called upon again next week against the New Zealand Warriors. Brisbane meanwhile head to Sydney to face Wests Tigers at Campbelltown (and would you believe it, not on Friday night!).