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The Sydney Roosters have notched up their second win of the season, holding out a fast-finishing Gold Coast Titans outfit to win 24-18.
It was a game that was for the majority marred by poor handling and large mis-tackle counts from both teams, however did feature some attacking brilliance, all played in front of a horrendous crowd of 6,264.
Sam Perrett opened the scoring for the home team, after fielding a poor mid-field bomb from Titans halfback Scott Prince, then racing away from the defense to score next to the posts.
Four minutes later and the Roosters were in again through Joel Monaghan, who following flat passes along the Titans defense by Anthony Tupou and Braith Anasta, found himself with ball in hand and the line wide open, merely having to dive over for the points. Captain Craig Fitzgibbon missed the kick from wide out, so the Roosters now led the game 10-0, where the score remained until half time.
It took just three minutes following the break for the Roosters to score again, aftera mistake from Prince who failed to find touch from a penalty. Halfback Mitchell Pierce broke clean through the line, and found Fitzgibbon in support to score, and subsequently convert, the try under the posts. The afternoon ended prematurely for Fitzgibbon, however, who was forced from the field with a foot injury not long after scoring.
Following that Roosters try, the Titans roared to life, and Prince found Gavin Cooper running the angle towards the posts with what looked to be a forward pass but was KO