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The Gold Coast Titans have produced a stunning effort to upset the Sydney Roosters 32-28 at the Sydney Football Stadium in a see-sawing match to open Round 18.
The Titans produced the perfect start to the match, opening up a 12-0 lead within the first 5 minutes thanks to wingers Ben Jeffrey and Jordan Rapana. After recovering from the initial shock, the Roosters soon found themselves in the lead after scoring 3 quick tries as neither side looked too interested in tackling.
The Roosters landed a couple of vital blows just before the halftime break with tries to Setaimata Sa and Mitchell Aubusson, and the 28-16 lead was a fair reflection of the state of play. Some of the first half tries were softer than a knob of melting butter, and the Roosters looked to have a decent advantage as the teams headed for the sheds.
The second half was a very different spectacle as the Roosters seemed content to shut up shop and grind out a win - but the Titans had other ideas. With Preston Campbell moving into the halves and Shannon Walker providing spark from the back, the visitors found a whole new gear. Tries to Mat Rogers, Josh Graham and Ben Jeffrey (again) gave the Titans a 32-28 lead by the 62nd minute and stunned the small but vocal crowd into silence.
It would have been a brave man to tip no further tries to either side after that point - but that was exactly the case as the Titans defence improved immeasurably on their first half performance to deny a comeback from the Roosters. Even a late injury to inspirational skipper Preston Campbell couldn