Titans record largest win in Mudgee

The Gold Coast Titans have produced a comprehensive second half display to defeat the Parramatta Eels 42 points 4 in front of 9,132 fans at Mudgee.

A packed house at Mudgee was out to enjoy a rare afternoon of top flight rugby league. Both teams didn't disappoint in entertaining the crowd.

Gold Coast were first to score in the 10th minute with Jamal Idris popping a nice offload to Anthony Don who sells Jarryd Hayne the dummy and strolls in.

Hayne clawed one back for the Eels when he showed the spark that has propelled him to be the lead candidate for the NSW fullback spot. He sent a nice cut-out to Ken Sio who dived in for the four pointer.

It was the big men running amok for Gold Coast with Brad Takairangi standing in a tackle, offloading and sending Kevin Gordon away. His try put the visitors ahead 12 points to 4 heading into the break.

The fight shown by the Eels evaporated in the second half, they were second best in most areas. Titans were finding space at will.

Idris didn't need much space though, capitalising on a Kelly half break. He went into dummy-half, crashing over untouched and opening the flood gates.

The Idris try gave the Titans the spark to go on and post their highest point total in the NRL since their inception. Brad Takairangi finishing off a nice movement to extend it to 24-4 highlighting that the visitors were too big and strong.

Albert Kelly who was on his third club showed why he was touted as a future star with his blinding pace showing up Jarryd Hayne who is no slouch followed by his support play leading to Gordon's second.

They finished the rout with one more flash of attacking football with Jamal Idris getting a brace. Mark Minichiello spun through the line found Don who grubbered for Idris to dive over and record a 42-4 scoreline.

Match Details
Parramatta Eels 4 Gold Coast Titans 42
Venue: Mudgee Stadium
Crowd: 9132
Halftime Score: Gold Coast Titans 12-4

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Jamal Idris
2 points - Albert Kelly
1 point - Mark Minichiello

Tries: Ken Sio
Field Goals:
Conversions: Chris Sandow (0/1)
Penalty Goals:

Tries: Anthony Don, Kevin Gordon (2), Jamal Idris (2), Brad Takairangi, Albert Kelly
Field Goals:
Conversions: Aidan Sezer (7/7)
Penalty Goals:

LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

Eels: 1. Jarryd Hayne 2. Ken Sio 3. Api Pewhairangi 4. Jacob Loko 5. Vai Toutai 6. Luke Kelly 7. Chris Sandow 8. Tim Mannah (c) 9. Matt Keating 10. Fuifui Moimoi 11. Reni Maitua 12. Matt Ryan 16. Joseph Paulo
Interchange: 13. Peni Terepo 14. Kaysa Pritchard 15. Junior Paulo 19. Ben Smith

Titans: 1. William Zillman 2. Kevin Gordon 3. Brad Takairangi 4. Jamal Idris 5. Anthony Don 6. Aidan Sezer 7. Albert Kelly 8. Luke Bailey 9. Matt Srama 14. Luke Douglas 10. Nate Myles 11. Greg Bird 13. Ashley Harrison
Interchange: 12. Mark Minichiello 15. Mark Ioane 16. Ryan James 17. Sam Irwin
A big afternoon in the NSW Central West - the Parramatta Eels host the Gold Coast Titans at the venue of last year's Country v City Origin contest - Glen Willow Sports Complex in Mudgee.
In team news, a couple of changes for each side. Parramatta lose Brayden Wiliame and Mitchell Allgood from their 5 man bench. Ben Smith comes in as Allgood's replacement, while Joseph Paulo will start at lock and Peni Terepo will go back to the bench.
For the Titans, they are 1-17 but with positional changes - Luke Douglas will start in the front row, moving Nate Myles to the back row, and Mark Minichiello dropping to the bench. Luke O'Dwyer drops off the five man bench.
1 min: Both teams have made their way onto a beautiful looking Glen Willows Stadium with Parramatta in their traditional blue and yellow with the Titans in their away strip.
1 min: KICK-OFF! Titans with the first set.
2 min: Early chance here for the Eels off a Mannah charge down. Fui Fui spills a short ball at the line though.
7 min: Late count PENALTY to the Titans - Matt Ryan caught offside.
8 min: Luke Bailey decided to wind back the years with some ball-playing but he isn't 21 anymore so it ball went to ground.
Scored by Anthony Don. Conversion attempt by Aidan Sezer successful.
Started from the offload, as Jamal Idris draws his man and basketballs it to Don who sold Hayne the dummy and strolled in. Sezer puts it through with ease.
Gold Coast Titans 6-0
13 min: Jarryd Hayne showing the spark he may bring to the NSW side if chosen. He took the bomb on last, beat several defenders and was on his way. Last tackle option was shocking from Sandow and was swallowed easily.
16 min: First PENALTY for Parramatta this afternoon - for laying in the ruck too long.
18 min: A last tackle option went right for the Eels with a towering bomb spilled back by Kelly and cleaned up by Don. Line drop-out.
18 min: PENALTY to Parramatta who will get a whole new set at the Titans line. Luke Bailey has caught a player high and is on report!
Scored by Ken Sio. Conversion attempt by Chris Sandow unsuccessful.
The Eels are at their best when Hayne is involved heavily. He was for this try, stuttering, stepping and throwing a lovely cut-out pass to Ken Sio to go in for the try. Chris Sandow with the breeze almost swings it over.
Gold Coast Titans 6-4
23 min: That was a big don't argue from Kevin Gordon on Sandow finds him in space but it has been bombed. Titans get fortunate with a played at call against the Eels.
26 min: Eels show some innovation, running it on last earning a dropout.
27 min: PENALTY Eels - They are camped down in the attack in the last five minutes.
VIDEO REFEREE: Albert Kelly has produced some magic here.. checking if he deliberately tapped it over Jarryd Hayne.
30 min: NO TRY! Albert Kelly chipped it for himself, got the bounce and tapped it for himself which isn't allowed. So PENALTY Parramatta.
31 min: Hayne drifts across again, trying to throw another lovely cut-out but this one is FORWARD.
34 min: Kelly on Kelly - Luke Kelly pounces on a falcon right into space but is rounded up by Albert Kelly who forces it free.
34 min: Titans bomb a chance in the Eels half with that final pass.
35 min: Ash Harrison collects an Eel high. PENALTY sufficient.
35 min: Dear, oh dear. Eels drop it on first tackle.
36 min: PENALTY Gold Coast - They will start the set in the Eels half.
Scored by Kevin Gordon. Conversion attempt by Aidan Sezer successful.
Get it to Gordon and he will score. Takairangi stands in the tackle for what seems an age, finds Sezer who ignites a chain of passing to send Gordon in. Sezer with a beautiful swinging conversion goes over.
Gold Coast Titans 12-4
39 min: Titans knock it on in an unusual manner with Gordon and Hayne colliding.
40 min: Eels take a leaf from the Cam Smith book, going for the optional restart. It doesn't amount to points and it is HALFTIME in an interesting game.
41 min: We're back for the second stanza here. Titans kick-off.
42 min: Early pressure from the Eels as Jarryd Hayne launched it into space making Zillman let it bounce and tap it dead.
42 min: Greg Bird is penalised for pulling the hair.
44 min: Rare penalty for the Titans - a cannonball tackle from the Eels.
45 min: Titans continue to be unable to conjure something up in the attacking 20 with another drop.
46 min: Sandow tries the short ball again but spilled.
47 min: Good hit on Sezer but the Eels go the step too far - PENALTY.
Scored by Jamal Idris. Conversion attempt by Aidan Sezer successful.
Smart play from Idris there. Albert Kelly made a half break, almost getting over. Idris standing at dummy-half, goes himself and no one was stopping him. Sezer now with the breeze behind him, converts.
Gold Coast Titans 18-4
52 min: Kayser Pritchard is called back from a questionable forward pass call.
Scored by Brad Takairangi. Conversion attempt by Aidan Sezer successful.
It's turning into a rout here. Albert Kelly wraps around finds Bird who gets to Takairangi who goes in for the try! Sezer continues his perfect afternoon with the boot here.
Gold Coast Titans 24-4
57 min: Simple error from dummy-half by Nate Myles.
Scored by Albert Kelly. Conversion attempt by Aidan Sezer successful.
Mark Minichiello showing some ball skills getting to Hayne finding the speedster in Kelly who just burns Jarryd Hayne with pace and runs away. Sezer makes it 5/5.
Gold Coast Titans 30-4
Scored by Kevin Gordon. Conversion attempt by Aidan Sezer successful.
Titans turning on the entertainment. It was kicked through to Zillman who is in back play and finds Albert Kelly who has been excellent in support play today. Next tackle, it is a simple catch and pass for Kevin Gordon to put it over. Sezer adds another two.
Gold Coast Titans 36-4
68 min: They look like scoring from every touch here the Titans but this expansive football almost costs them four. Jarryd Hayne scoops up the ball and is away, being chased by Don who ropes in the fullback with 20 metres to go.
72 min: PENALTY Eels - Bailey offside.
VIDEO REFEREE: Going upstairs for a Matt Ryan try.
74 min: NO TRY. Matt Ryan has bombed a gift try.
76 min: Sandow with a spill as the game is petering out to full-time.
Scored by Jamal Idris. Conversion attempt by Aidan Sezer successful.
Twinkle toes Minichiello, we might have to rename him. A lovely spin move found him in space offloads to Don who grubbers through for Idris to dive over. Sezer with a perfect afternoon with the boot.
Gold Coast Titans 42-4
79 min: Eels spill it offering Titans to add to their highest winning margin.
80 min: FULLTIME here at Mudgee. Titans running out convincing winners.