The Gold Coast Titans have produced arguably their best performance of the season to keep their finals hopes well and truly alive.
The men in blue smashed the St George Illawarra Dragons 32 points to 10 in front of a passionate home crowd at Cbus Super Stadium yesterday afternoon, despite technically being the “away” team.
The comprehensive victory, which moves the Titans into tenth spot on the NRL ladder, marked the first time this season the Gold Coast has beaten a top eight side.
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After a rocky few weeks, you couldn’t wipe the smile off proud coach Justin Holbrook’s face.
“Really delighted… Obviously we knew we had to play well today, and we did,” Holbrook said, crediting the victory to the whole side.
“Really happy, I thought everybody played well.. so yeah, happy with that game.”
It was David Fifita who really wreaked havoc, inspiring the Titans to victory with a bulldozing try and try assist after coming off the bench late in the first half – a gamble Holbrook is glad he took.
“I had a few chats with Dave this week, had a think about it and thought it was the best option,” Holbrook said of starting Fifita on the sideline.
“There’s no need to be playing 80 minutes, it is too hard for back-rowers now. I thought the best way to do it was bring him on after 20-25 minutes today and seemed to work well today.
“We had our first chance today and it worked well so that’s a good sign. The impact that he brings is massive for us, we have to be smart how we use him.”
Front rower Jarrod Wallace also had a cracker of a game, scoring his first career-double.
While it was a fairytale debut for local Gold Coaster Toby Sexton, who scored a try and kicked all conversions in front of a large crowd of family and friends.
The Titans next do battle with the Bulldogs ‘away’ at Cbus on Sunday, before taking on the Cowboys in a Queensland derby at Robina the following week.