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Fri 23 June 2017
Campbelltown Stadium - Crowd: 6891

Hayne takes back the house as Titans dazzle Tigers

A Jarryd Hayne-inspired Gold Coast have kept the Wests Tigers at the foot of the ladder, the Titans 26-14 victors on a cold Friday night at a sparsely-populated Campbelltown Stadium.

The 6,891 hardy souls who rocked up to the Western Sydney venue were treated to a tough game of footy, made harder for the home team who lost James Tedesco as a result of failing to back up from State of Origin.

Home fans were treated to some positives early - the first set saw the Tigers defence push Titans' second-rower Joe Greenwood into touch - then opened the scoring a few minutes later when Esan Marsters crossed out wide.

Konrad Hurrell helped the Titans wrestle some momentum back and quickly the visitors had pulled in front, William Zillman scoring the second of the evening.

A freakish late first-half try to David Nofoaluma off a clever Tui Lolohea pass brought the hosts back into the contest before halftime, but with Lolohea's second missed conversion, they stayed behind 10-8 going into the break.

After halftime, the Titans put the footy down, scoring three tries in ten minutes to put the result beyond reasonable doubt. Hurrell's second try at the 50th minute was then backed up by a scintillating Jarryd Hayne double either side of the hour mark.

At 26-8 the Titans looked to close the game out and despite a late surge from the Tigers which yielded a try to Sauaso Sue, were able to hold on for a 12-point win, much to the disappointment of the home support that had already started to shuffle out of the quarter-full venue.

The Wests Tigers are off to Newcastle for what many have tagged "SpoonBowl" with they and the Knights looking likely to fight it out for the wooden spoon. The Gold Coast head home to host the Dragons, and will be looking to build on this win to make a last-ditch surge towards finals football.

3. Jarryd Hayne

Backed up from a questionable performance on Wednesday for NSW to deliver for his side. Superb individual try in the second half to secure a brace and featured heavily.

2. Konrad Hurrell

Plenty of runs and two well-earned tries for big Koni.

1. Aaron Woods

Gave his guts for a side lacking direction, just 48 hours after a tough Origin II loss.