Titans melt as Tigers and temps soar

THERE was very little for Titans fans to be happy about during and after yesterday’s Round 2 NRL clash against the Tigers.

Along with the disappointing scoreline, 42-12 in favour of Wests, fans were left depressed by the searing Gold Coast heat at CBus Super Stadium.

With the sun beating down on the family-filled eastern grandstand for most of the game, many fans were forced to pack up and head home at half-time.


Titans boss Graham Annesley has written an open letter to fans, apologizing for “the oppressive conditions most of you had to endure throughout the afternoon” as the mercury hovered around 31 degrees. 
“With approximately 50 per cent of all seats in direct sunlight for the entire afternoon it is clearly not fair to members or casual fans,” Annesley said.

The CEO also confirmed, he plans to take up the issue of early season day games with the NRL in an attempt to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
“If this had been a night game everyone on the eastern side would have had a tremendous view in some of the best seats in the house.”
Annesley acknowledged that most of the Titans remaining home games are in the twilight or evening so the Sunday afternoon conditions should not be experienced again.

“However, I will do everything possible to prevent the same thing from re-occurring next season.”
Coach John Cartwright had no excuses for the disappointing result, admitting his side was outplayed and out-enthused by the Wests Tigers.

Further bad news for the Titans was that co-captain Greg Bird left the field late in the match with a shoulder injury and hopes there is no serious damage. Mark Minichiello missed the match because of a virus and was replaced by Ben Ridge.

They meet Canberra at GIO Stadium in Round 3.