Titans bolt to three straight wins
The Gold Coast Titans have continued their good form with a 28-10 victory over the Penrith Panthers at Centebret Stadium in front of a disappointing crowd of 8,181.
The Titans have seen the rise of young halves Albert Kelly and Aidan Sezer and again today were in action getting the ball moving. The Titans opened the scoring inside the first 15 minutes with a left side raid saw Kelly link with Jamal Idris who found support in David Mead who strolled through over in the corner.
Greg Bird claimed the second four-pointer with a simple charge through five Panthers defenders and reached over them for points. The Panthers defenders emabarrased with a try being conceded. Titans defence remained strong in the first half with the Panthers having five chances on the goal line. As a result the Gold Coast headed into half time leading 12-0.
The Panthers started quickly in the second forty minutes with a try inside the first four minutes. Luke Walsh provied a cross field kick to the jumping Dave Simmons who managed to bat the ball back to Wes Naiqama. He raced in through the line to score first points for the Panthers. Luke Walsh with the conversion is unable to add the extras. Titans remained leaders, 12-4
The Titans spread the ball through the hands of six players and it ended up with Steve Michaels who managed to dance through the Panthers defence as Luke Walsh fell off the tackle and he burrows over. Aidan Sezer with the conversion extends the lead to 14 points.
Former Wests Tiger, Tom Humble took an intercept pass and streaked away from the Titans chasers 90 metres to score. Great speed shown by Humble to give the Panthers some hope of victory. Luke Walsh suffered vision troubles after getting poke in the eye earlier the match, Wes Naiqama with the attempt at goal was successful. 15 minutes remains and the Titans ahead, 18-10.
All hope as dashed for the Panthers as the Titans secured the victory with two late tries in the the final five minutes. Once again, points came against the run of play as Luke Walsh looked to get the ball spread wide but it when astray as Kevin Gordon cleaned and bolted 90 metres to score.
The final points came through Kevin Gordon as Matt Srama broke the Panthers defence and raced through to provide an pass for Gordon who streaked away in the corner for his second four-pointer. There was concern for Matt Srama who came straight off the field after the pass with a possible dislocated shoulder. The Titans secured the 28-10 victory over the Panthers with a strong run in the final five minutes.
Next week the Gold Coast host their bigger brother, the Broncos at Skilled Park. Meanwhile the Panthers will travel north to 1300SMILES Stadium as they hope to reclaim their season as they clash with the Cowboys.
Penrith Panthers 10 Gold Coast Titans 28
Venue: Penrith Stadium
Halftime Score: Titans 12-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Nate Myles
2 points - Greg Bird
1 point - Tom Humble
PENRITH PANTHERS (10)
Tries: Wes Naiqama, Tom Humble
Conversions: Wes Naiqama (1/1), Luke Walsh (0/1)
GOLD COAST TITANS (28)
Tries: David Mead, Greg Bird, Steve Michaels, Kevin Gordon (2)
Conversions: Aidan Sezer (4/5)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Welcome to LeagueUnlimited.com coverage LIVE from Centrebet Stadium as the Penrith Panthers host the Gold Coast Titans.
Team News: Penrith Panthers see Tim Grant move to the bench, with Nigel Plum starting. Clint Newton is out of the side replaced by Nathan Smith on bench.
For the Titans, Steve Michaels comes in for the injured Brad Takairangi. Luke O’Dwyer replaces Ashley Harrison at lock.
We are minutes away from kick off here at Centrebet Stadium as both sides get the final words from their coaches in the sheds.
1 min: We are UNDERWAY on Sunday Afternoon Footy at Centrebet Stadium with the Titans kicking off with the Panthers getting first use of the ball
1 min: Luke Walsh fires the kick on the last tackle from inisde his own half. Its collected by the Titans on their 10 metre line. Controlled first set from the Panthers
2 min: Penalty goes to the Panthers as Josh Mansour was forced to ground by Greg Bird in a second attempt. Panthers attacking 20 metres out
4 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Panthers, Tom Humble claiming. We have a TRY but looking at obstruction
4 min: Tom Humble gets NO TRY as Sika Manu ran the obstruction. Penalty Titans as a result.
4 min: Penalty to the Titans again this time against Cameron Ciraldo for a crusher tackle. Titans only 30 metres from the goal line
5 min: David Simmons cleans up the kick in the in goal area and managed to bounce back into the field of play. Panthers working it off their goal line.
6 min: UNFORCED ERROR GOLD COAST TITANS
Albert Kelly makes an unforced error as he attempted to take the offload from Bird in the ruck. Panthers with the ZERO tackle only 20 metres from the Titans goal line
7 min: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
Lewis Brown unable to hold the ball as he charged through the Titans line off a quick pass, a mistake gives the Titans a scrum feed on their 10 metre line
10 min: Luke Walsh fired a long kick high into the air on the last tackle. Panthers chases looked to be offside, however a touch on the kick from the Titans gives the Panthers a repeat set. The line drop out is kicked and received by the Panthers on the Titans 40 metre line
11 min: Tom Humble with a quick cut out pass to his winger in Josh Mansour, however the field ended quickly as the defence forced him into touch. Titans with a scrum feed on their own 10 metre line.
12 min: Penalty to the Titans for the Panthers defence ruled offside as David Simmons raced up quickly at the play of the ball. Titans attacking 40 metres from the Panthers goal line off the free kick
14 min: TRY GOLD COAST TITANS
Scored by David Mead. Conversion attempt by Aidan Sezer successful.
Albert Kelly tipped on a quick pass to a running Jamal Idris, he quickly offloaded to the quick support in David Mead. He strolled through the poor cover defence and raced in the corner. Aidan Sezer from the touchline with a swing curve kick off the tee is successful with the conversion.
Gold Coast Titans 6-0
16 min: Penalty awarded to the Panthers as the Titans as they were offside. Lewis Brown quickly tapped the ball and looked for a sneaky four-pointer. Panthers attacking only 10 metres from the line.
17 min: A poor kick from Dean Whare sees the ball end up in the grandstand, there was a three on two overlap on the right side which wasn't used. Titans get the turn over on their 10 metre line.
19 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Panthers, Luke Walsh had the ball stripped out. We have NO TRY, just looking at the restart
19 min: Video Referee gets the NO TRY, and it's a line drop out for Panthers. Great running though from Walsh, however he had the ball knocked out by Greg Bird. It was a risky last tackle run from Luke Walsh that almost paid off.
20 min: Luke Walsh on the last tackle rocketed a cross field kick to the wing of Josh Mansour but the ball is knocked on by Brad Tighe. Another chance for first points gone begging as the Titans have the turn over on their 10 metre line
21 min: Penalty is given away on the last tackle against Lewis Brown for holding down Ryan James in the ruck. Titans attacking only 15 metres from the Panthers goal line.
22 min: Albert Kelly kicked for the corner and it was collected by Jamal Idris, he offload and it was collected by the Panthers in Josh Mansour to streaked away 30 metres before being dragged down.
23 min: Luke Walsh with a kick across the field to Dave Simmons but he is unable to take it before it was taken by the Titans through Steve Michaels. Titans working it off their goal line as a result.
24 min: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
Josh Mansour unable to take the kick off the boot from Aidan Sezer, he jumped for the ball but knocked on. Titans with another chance at the Panthers goal line witha scrum feed on the Panthers 20 metre line.
26 min: Josh Mansour knocks the kick from Aidan Sezer dead to save points being conceded. Line drop out and repeat side for the Titans.
27 min: Dave Taylor earns his side a penalty for three Panthers defenders holding Taylor down in the ruck. Titans take the tap only 20 metres from the Panthers goal line.
28 min: Sika Manu ruled to have stripped out the ball in the ruck
30 min: TRY GOLD COAST TITANS
Scored by Greg Bird. Conversion attempt by Aidan Sezer successful.
Greg Bird charged simply into the Panthers goal line and the three Panthers unable to hold him out as he reached over them for the goal line. Aidan Sezer with the conversion adds the points from next to the posts.
Gold Coast Titans 12-0
31 min: William Zillman just outside the 40 metre line is unable to get the kick away for the 40/20, so the Panthers with a scrum feed on their 20 metre line.
34 min: Time off, as Ryan James has been told to be in the blood bin with a cut bleeding. Titans with the start of the set just shy of halfway
37 min: UNFORCED ERROR GOLD COAST TITANS
Ryan James makes an unforced error as he was unable to take the offload on the Panthers 10 metre line, that is where the Panthers start their possession on the zero tackle
38 min: A bit of a falcon into the head of Dave Simmons, but it's a penalty for Panthers as Titans offside. Panthers attacking inside the Titans 10 metre zone
40 min: HALF TIME at Centrebet Stadium sees the Gold Coast Titans leading the Penrith Panthers 12-0. The Panthers had chances for points with a number of sets on the Titans goal line, but it's a credit to the Titans defence.
41 min: Second half is UNDERWAY at Centrebet Stadium with the Penrith Panthers kicking off, Titans leading 12-0
44 min: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Wes Naiqama. Conversion attempt by Luke Walsh is unsuccessful.
Luke Walsh with a cross field kick found the jumping Dave Simmons who managed to bat the ball back to Wes Naiqama who raced in through the line to score first points for the Panthers. Luke Walsh with the conversion is unable to add the extras
Gold Coast Titans 12-4
47 min: Josh Mansour charging through the Titans defence as he gains 50 metres with a strong run. He also earns his side a penalty as the Titans fail to clear the ruck. Walsh finds the touchline and the Panthers attacking 30 metres from the Titans goal line.
49 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Panthers, looking at obstruction and grounding for Wes Naiqama
49 min: NO TRY! Wes Naiqama gets RED LIGHTS for a knock on as he lost it in the tackle, the mistake gives the Titans a scrum feed on their own 10 metre line.
50 min: UNFORCED ERROR GOLD COAST TITANS
William Zillman makes an unforced error as he charged for the goal line after a massive run from Albert Kelly who made a line break and the Titans managing to bolt 60 metres.
53 min: UNFORCED ERROR GOLD COAST TITANS
Beau Falloon makes an unforced error as he lost the ball as he charged into a Panthers defensive gap. The Panthers will pack a scrum feed on halfway
54 min: Penalty to the Titans against Ryan James for rushing up in defence and ruled offside. Panthers will attack inside the Titans 10 metre line
56 min: Referee calls up the pass from James Segeyaro out of acting half as it was ruled forward to Tim Grant. Scrum feed packs down for the Gold Coast on their 10 metre line
56 min: Penalty awarded to Beau Falloon against Sika Manu and he is marched 10 metres for back chat to the referee. Titans only 40 metres out
57 min: The Panthers in all sorts as they concede their third straight penalty for offside. Aidan Sezer finds the touchline and the Titans attack 20 metres from the Panthers line.
58 min: Luke Walsh took a poke in the eye going into the tackle, meanwhile, the kick from the titans rolls dead as it's forced over by the Panthers. Line drop out for the Titans.
58 min: A shocking attempt at line drop out sees the Titans attacking only 25 metres out
60 min: TRY GOLD COAST TITANS
Scored by Steve Michaels. Conversion attempt by Aidan Sezer successful.
The Titans spread the ball through the hands of six players and it ends up with Steve Michaels who manages to dance through the Panthers defence as Luke Walsh's falls off the tackle and he burrows over. Aidan Sezer with the conversion extends the lead to 14 points.
Gold Coast Titans 18-4
64 min: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Tom Humble. Conversion attempt by Wes Naiqama successful.
Truly against the run of play, Tom Humble took an intercept pass and streaked away from the Titans chasers 90 metres to score. Great speed shown by Humble to give the Panthers some hope of victory. With Walsh having vision troubles after getting poke in the eye, Wes Naiqama with the attempt from in front of the posts is successful
Gold Coast Titans 18-10
65 min: UNFORCED ERROR GOLD COAST TITANS
Steve Michaels makes an unforced error as he was in the clear off a grubber kick, he was almost in for points. But the Panthers come away with it.
66 min: Line drop out for the Panthers as that will give them a chance to hit back and close the gap to two points
68 min: Penalty to the Panthers against Luke Douglas for a strip in the ruck. Panthers taking the quick tap only 10 metres from the Titans goal line
69 min: UNFORCED ERROR PENRITH PANTHERS
Sam McKendry makes an unforced error as he tried to quickly play the ball. He was trying to milk the penalty but he put the ball on his foot and a simple error under the posts. Titans with a scrum feed on their 10 metre line
70 min: Aidan Sezer with an early set kick looked for a 40/20 however it's curved away from the touchline and rolls over the dead ball line. Panthers with the ball through a 20 metre restart
71 min: Penalty to the Gold Coast as Wes Naiqama was ruled to have pushed David Mead in the back, but the replay suggests otherwise. Lucky for the Titans as it would have been a knock on against them. They attack 20 metres from their own line
74 min: UNFORCED ERROR GOLD COAST TITANS
William Zillman makes an unforced error as he jumped high for the bomb taken. Panthers with the ball through a scrum feed 10 metre out
75 min: TRY GOLD COAST TITANS
Scored by Kevin Gordon. Conversion attempt by Aidan Sezer successful.
Luke Walsh looked to get the ball spread wide but it's gone a miss as Kevin Gordon cleaned up and bolted 90 metres to score under the posts. Game set match for the Titans. Aidan Sezer with the conversion from in front secures the victory with the kick
Gold Coast Titans 24-10
78 min: Sika Manu charged for the goal line and managed to offload to Wes Naiqama running in support but Kevin Gordon pushed up in defence and held up
80 min: TRY GOLD COAST TITANS
Scored by Kevin Gordon. Conversion attempt by Aidan Sezer is unsuccessful.
Matt Srama broke the Panthers defence and raced through to provide an pass for Kevin Gordon who streaked away in the corner for his second four-pointer. However there is concern as Matt Srama came straight off the field after the pass with a possible dislocated shoulder. Aidan Sezer with the conversion attempt was unable to convert
Gold Coast Titans 28-10
FULL TIME at Centrebet Stadium and the Gold Coast Titans make it three straight wins with a 28-10 victory over the Penrith Panthers