The Melbourne Storm have etched themselves into the record books, but it took a bit of effort after a gutsy performance by the Gold Coast Titans.
The Titans started strong, scoring the first two tries at Cbus Super Stadium overnight which put them in the lead heading into the sheds at halftime.
But the Storm returned to their natural form in the second half, putting on a clinic to take out the win 34-20.
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The loss means the Titans, who are currently sitting seventh on the ladder, could drop out of the eight by the weekend if the Canberra Raiders can cause an upset against Manly at Suncorp tonight.
Speaking following the clash, Titans coach Justin Holbrook said their focus now turns to next week’s game against the Knights.
“We’ve just got to worry about ourselves,” Holbrook said.
“We can’t control any other game over the weekend.
“We had a great opportunity tonight. If we were good enough to knock them off, it would have put us in a good spot but we weren’t good enough.
“Now we’ve got to get better for next week.”
They could be without five-eighth Ash Taylor, after he was placed on report for foul play after he appeared to knee Storm star Nicho Hynes in the second half.
While Kevin Proctor also remains in doubt after he picked up a shoulder injury in the first 8 minutes.