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Titans steal NRL win over Lucky Tigers – myGC.com.au

A chaotic effort by Gold Coast’s AJ Brimson has bailed the Titans out of jail with an 8-6 NRL win over the hapless West Tigers at the CBUS Super Stadium.

Back 6–2 and with the match being the first attempt-free first-class rugby league match in 29 years, Brimson’s one-minute effort snatched the hosts’ victory.

Thursday’s winning game was fitting for a largely forgettable match that was low on quality and high on errors.


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A chip kick by Titans halfback was hit straight by Toby Sexton and bounced inside the penalty area where it was fielded by Jock Madden.

But having lost his right after being hit by a Titans player in five-eighths of the Tigers, Brimson stole the victory by tossing the loose ball to the ground with one hand.

The loss was devastating for the losing Tigers and under-fire coach Michael Maguire, after taking a four-point advantage via a trio of Luke Brooks penalties.

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“It can be a brutal game,” Maguire said.

“I’m really proud of the players … how consistently they stick to this and work.

“They are very rock solid.

“There is a lot of injury in the changing room at the moment. Ninety-nine minutes, whatever it was, and we had it there, but it’s tough. ,

Neither team was spoiled in the first half, with former Tiger Corey Thompson throwing the ball at his mercy in the 19th minute.

Titans captain Tino Fasuamaleoui was placed on report for a lifting tackle on James Tameau in the 14th minute, while Tiger Alex Twale was also placed on report for a crusher on Sexton, causing the first of the game in the 37th minute. Score made.

The visitors also told Jacob Liddle to leave for the HIA after his nose bleed from the Tigers’ hooker after a head-on conflict with Moaki Fotuaka, but No. 9 was cleared to return. .

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The defeat left the Tigers at the bottom of the ladder with no wins in four matches, while the Gold Coast are now 2–2.

Titans coach Justin Holbrook said scoring just two points after a week that was hampered by the return of COVID-19 from his squad and the team’s training facilities after heavy rain flooded the Gold Coast made him proud .

“They just got on with it and at no stage did the players care about preparing for the week,” Holbrook said.

“We were so confident and ready to play tonight.

“Obviously a scary game all the way, but you can only play for the conditions and we come up with a win, that’s the main thing.”

The Titans host Parramatta next weekend while the Tigers travel to Pointbet Stadium to play Cronula in their next match.

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