Titans into NRL finals for first time in 6 years

UPDATE | It would seem the Titans have lady luck on their side, with everything falling into place to allow them to advance into the NRL finals for the first time in six years.

On Sunday the Raiders beat Wests Tigers 52-10.  The result meant the Gold Coast side was able to hold onto eighth spot on the NRL ladder.

The result put a big smile on the face of Titans CEO Graham Annesley.


On Monday he said, as each game passed we had to hope the results went our way and “of course the Storm winning on Saturday night helped us, they gave more incentive to the Raiders and I always knew that the Raiders would come out strong because no one wants to go into a finals series off the back of a loss but they certainly blew the Tigers away which took a bit of pressure off my heart”.

During the season he said he’s “been impressed with the way the guys stuck to the task, you know we were competitive in every single game that we played with the possible exception of the Melbourne Storm and you know they can blow anyone off the park on the day”.

“And you know they just stuck with it, they had absolute belief in their own ability to do the job and you know with an ounce of luck we could have won another two or three games that we lost by the odd point and you know we would have been well into the eight, in fact up near the top four” Mr Annesley said.

Commenting on the Titans next game against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium he said “we’re not there to make up the numbers on Friday night, we think we can give the Broncos a real crack”.

Titans players in recovery mode. Image: Michelle Price my gc

Titans players in recovery mode. Image: Michelle Price my gc

EARLIER | The Titans face a nail biting wait to find out if they will qualify for the NRL finals, despite losing to North Queensland on Saturday night.

Cowboys players know they face a tough battle against minor premiers Melbourne next weekend after the Storm beat Cronulla on Saturday night.

For the Gold Coast side to continue on for the first time since 2010, it needs Canberra to beat the Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

The retiring Nathan Friend will be watching that game very closely.  A loss will see his career end on a low of sorts.

But if the Raiders claim victory Friend will get to line up for the Titans in an elimination final against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.

The Raiders could claim second spot on the NRL ladder and a home final if they can defeat the Tigers.

The NRL is yet to decide its finals schedule.

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