A small but passionate crowd of 6,232 in Gosford tonight saw the Titans clinch victory from the hands of defeat against by 24-20 against a Roosters side with grim determination.
The Roosters with 4 losses in a row started the game solidly and were rewarded with an early try following a Titans error. Unfortunately for the Sydney side, that was about it for them in the first half as the patience of the Titans side started to show through. Three unanswered tries to the Titans before the break looked to set the writing on the wall for the Roosters once again as the Titans led the Rooster 18-6 at halftime.
The second half was totally dominated by the Roosters as they hit back at the Titans who looked to be on the ropes with unforced errors haunting them continuously.
A bit of feeling in the Roosters side spurred them on to the lead in the match, and towards a much needed victory until the last 2 minutes of the match when the Titans had their first really attacking chance in the second half. Unfortunately for the Roosters, and their disheartened supporters, it was all the Titans need to sneak into the lead and take the match.
Match Details Gold Coast Titans 24 def Sydney Roosters 20 Round 14 - Saturday June 13th, 2009 5:30pm Venue: Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford Referee: Ben Cummins & Alan Shortall Touch Judges: Adam Reid & Russell Turner Video Referee: Russell Smith Crowd: 6,232 Halftime: Roosters 6 Titans 18 Sydney Roosters 20 Tries: Sisa Waqa (2), Mitchell Pearce, Tom Symonds Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon (1/3), Braith Anasta (1/1) Gold Coast Titans 24 Tries: Nathan Friend, Aaron Cannings, Esikeli Tonga, Chris Walker Goals: Scott Prince (4/4) LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Nathan Friend (Titans) 2 Points: Scott Prince (Titans) 1 Point: Braith Anasta (Roosters) LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
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ROOSTERS: 1. Sam Perrett 2. Sisa Waqa 3. Setaimata Sa 4. Ben Jones 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Braith Anasta 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Mark O'Meley 9. Jake Friend 10. Lopini Paea 11. Shane Shackleton 12. Willie Mason 13. Craig Fitzgibbon Interchange: 14. Nate Myles 15. Frank Paul Nuuausala 16. Tom Symonds 17. Mitchell Aubusson TITANS: 1. Preston Campbell 2. Kevin Gordon 3. Esi Tonga 4. Brett Delaney 5. Chris Walker 6. Mat Rogers 7. Scott Prince (c) 8. Luke Bailey (c) 9. Nathan Friend 10. Michael Henderson 11. Anthony Laffranchi 12. Brad Meyers 13. Ashley Harrison Interchange: 14. Aaron Cannings 15. Will Matthews 16. Luke O Like