Raiders railroad tepid Titans

A surprise form reversal has seen the Canberra Raiders take a comfortable 36-20 win over the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday in front of 10,000 fans.

It wasn't all bad for the Titans - after conceding the opening try to Brenko Lee for the Raiders, the hosts clawed back two of their own through James Roberts and Kalifa Faifai Loa in the Robina afternoon sun to lead 10-6 after twenty-five minutes.

Anthony Milford showed quickly why the Titans' neighbours in Brisbane were so keen on him coming to the club next season with a scintillating display - having helped set up Lee's try to open the match, "Milf" scored one of his own after 32 minutes to send his side in front - a further penalty goal and a try to Jarrod Croker just before the break saw the visitors take a 20-10 lead into 'oranges'.

The second half started very nervously for both sides - the scorers going untroubled until the 56th minute when Kevin Gordon narrowed the gap for the Gold Coast. Six points would be as close as they got - Canberra hit the gas in the final twelve minutes, piling on three tries to one for a final scoreline of 36-20. Milford grabbed his second in this time, with Josh McCrone and Shaun Fensom also adding their names to the scoresheet.

Another disappointing home performance for the Titans was capped by a consolation try to Faifai Loa in the final moments, but it was to little avail as the Gold Coast are now 2 wins and 7 losses at home, and have just one win since Round 9. They head to an emotional Hunter Stadium next Sunday to face the Knights in Rise for Alex round, while the Raiders have a tough assignment to acquire back to back wins - they're off to AAMI Park for a date with Melbourne on Saturday evening.


Match Details
Gold Coast Titans 20 Canberra Raiders 36
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium
Crowd: 10574
Halftime Score: Gold Coast Titans 10 Canberra Raiders 20

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - New Person
2 points - New Person
1 point - New Person

GOLD COAST TITANS (20)
Tries: James Roberts, Kevin Gordon, Kalifa Faifai Loa (2)
Conversions: Kevin Gordon (2/4)

CANBERRA RAIDERS (36)
Tries: Brenko Lee, Jarrod Croker, Anthony Milford (2), Shaun Fensom, Josh McCrone
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (5/6)
Penalty Goals: Jarrod Croker (1/1)


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

We are UNDERWAY on the Gold Coast at Cbus Super Stadium

8: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Brenko Lee. Kick to come.

Brenko Lee has finished off a surging run from Anthony Milford and the pin-point pass sees the centre race over for first points.

9: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANBERRA RAIDERS
Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.

Jarrod Croker from beside the uprights slots the extras and the Raiders take a 6 point lead.

14: TRY GOLD COAST TITANS
Scored by James Roberts. Kick to come.

James Roberts scores in the corner after the pressure from the Titans was too much for the Raiders defence to stop them

15: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION GOLD COAST TITANS
Conversion attempt by Kevin Gordon unsuccessful.

Kevin Gordon is unable to slot the extras and it's wide of the posts

23: TRY GOLD COAST TITANS
Scored by Kalifa Faifai Loa. Kick to come.

Kalifa Faifai Loa supermans into the corner after taking a brilliant flick pass from Dave Taylor. Incredible play from the Titans to give them the lead

24: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION GOLD COAST TITANS
Conversion attempt by Kevin Gordon successful.

Kevin Gordon from the eastern sideline slots the conversion and the lead is extended

32: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Anthony Milford. Kick to come.

Anthony Milford takes a late ditch offload from Dane Tilse and the Raiders bust open the Titans defence

32: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANBERRA RAIDERS
Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.

Jarrod Croker from beside the right post slots the extras and the Raiders have the lead again.

35: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL CANBERRA RAIDERS
Penalty goal attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.

Croker opts to extend the lead for the Raiders as the penalty came against the Titans for a late hit on Terry Campese

39: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Jarrod Croker. Kick to come.

Jarrod Croker takes a brilliant tap on from Anthony Milford at full pace and he streaks away untouched.

39: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANBERRA RAIDERS
Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.

Croker makes no mistake from right in front and the lead is extended again

40: HALF TIME at Cbus Super Stadium sees the Raiders hold a 20-10 lead over the Titans.

56: TRY GOLD COAST TITANS
Scored by Kevin Gordon. Kick to come.

Kevin Gordon gets GREEN LIGHTS for the Gold Coast as he dived over in the left corner. Meanwhile Brenko Lee has come off the field with a leg injury

57: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION GOLD COAST TITANS
Conversion attempt by Kevin Gordon unsuccessful.

Gordon is unable to slot the conversion to add the extras and the score remains

69: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Shaun Fensom. Kick to come.

Shaun Fensom steams onto a great pass from Glen Buttriss and the Raiders extend their lead again with another four-pointer.

70: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANBERRA RAIDERS
Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.

Jarrod Croker make no mistake with the conversion attempt to further their lead over the Titans

73: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Josh McCrone. Kick to come.

Josh McCrone claims another Raiders try and that extends the margin to what should be the enough to win this game

74: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANBERRA RAIDERS
Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.

Jarrod Croker slots the conversion and it's looking beyond the Titans here

77: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Anthony Milford. Kick to come.

Anthony Milford grabs a double for his brilliant work today

77: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANBERRA RAIDERS
Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker unsuccessful.

Jarrod Croker is wide of the uprights with his conversion attempt

79: TRY GOLD COAST TITANS
Scored by Kalifa Faifai Loa. Kick to come.

Kalifa Faifai Loa has the final say of the game but it's too late as the siren is about to sound

80: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION GOLD COAST TITANS
Conversion attempt by Kevin Gordon successful.

Kevin Gordon with the conversion slots the extras and that is full time

80: FULL TIME at Cbus Stadium sees the Raiders too good for the Gold Coast, 36-20

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