Storm claim victory in match of the year
9 hours ago | Robert Crosby
A scintillating first half by the Gold Coast Titans saw them blow the Broncos off the park, setting up an impressive 30-12 win at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
The victory saw the Titans move off the bottom of the ladder and up into 13th place, while the Broncos slumped to second last place.
The Titans opened the scoring in the 7th minute when Ash Taylor darted over from dummy half to score wide on the left side. He was unable to convert.
In the 20th minute they crossed again, when Jamal Fogarty passed to Keegan Hipgrave, who half-attempted to catch it before weirdly batting it along to Anthony Don, who collected the ball on the bounce and then dived over in the right corner for a good try. Taylor's sideline conversion was brilliant.
9 minutes later the Titans put up a bomb was dropped by Tesi Niu. The ball was picked up by Tyrone Peachey who then passed to a barnstorming Sam Lisone, who burrowed over the line and got the ball down, just, for a try under the posts. Taylor converted from right in front.
With just 3 minutes remaining in the half, Moeaki Fotuaika was sent to the sin bin, however it was the Titans who scored during his absence, when Don intercepted a pass from Niu and raced 70 metres to score right on halftime. Taylor added the extras and the Titans went into the sheds, up 22-0.
Brisbane needed to score first in the second half and they did just that in the 49th minute when some good late footwork by a barnstorming Ben Te'o saw him crash over for a strong try. Herbie Farnworth converted from right in front.
Ash Taylor kicked an easy penalty goal in the 53rd minute, but 5 minutes later the Broncos scored again, this time when Farnworth followed through a grubber and got the ball down for a four pointer. He then converted his own try to reduce the deficit to 2 converted tries.
Taylor again added another penalty goal, in the 62nd minute to take the Titans lead out to 14.
The last ten minutes saw Matt Lodge leave the field with an injury and oddly, wasn't replaced. Then with 6 minutes remaining and while the Broncos had the ball, Corey Oates was sin binned for dissent, leaving the Broncos with 11 men on the field. This allowed the Titans to bag one more try to Philip Sami in the left corner, despite the attention of two defenders. Taylor failed to convert.
Brisbane Broncos 12 - Gold Coast Titans 30
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Halftime Score: Brisbane Broncos 0 Gold Coast Titans 22
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Ashley Taylor
2 points - Corey Thompson
1 points - Sam Lisone
BRISBANE BRONCOS (12)
Tries: Ben Te'o, Herbie Farnworth
Conversions: Herbie Farnworth (2/2)
GOLD COAST TITANS (30)
Tries: Ashley Taylor, Anthony Don (2), Sam Lisone, Phillip Sami
Conversions: Ashley Taylor (3/5)
Penalty Goals: Ashley Taylor (2/2)