We certainly would not equate it with a resurrection, but the stunning victory of the Gold Coast Titans over the Brisbane Broncos on Sunday night was certainly a redemption of sorts, coming just a week after the St. George Illawarra Dragons scorched the Titans 54 – 8.
The game was at Suncorp Stadium and resulted in the second loss of the season for the Broncos, who have been unpredictable in first fifth of the 2018 Telstra NRL Premiershipcompetition, showing the league that last year’s finish in the top four is not a foregone conclusion
Winger Phillip Sami scored three tries for the Titans in just the eighth game of his career. He also stunned the crowd and the Broncos with a cross-field kick that set the table for a try by Anthony Don.
The Titans have not beaten the Broncos for a stretch that had grown to seven games, dating back to 2014 and it was the first win for Gold coast at Suncorp Stadium since Round five of the 2007 season, when the newly established Titans played the Broncos for the very first time.
Ryan James and Jai Arrow played exceptional defense and combined, ran for 264 metres. Kane Elgey added two tries.
The game started well for the Titans and fueled the sort of momentum they sorely needed after last season and the offseason departure of Jarryd Hayne. The Titans are now tied with the Broncos with identical 2 – 2 records and four premiership points after four rounds.
First, Arrow forced an error by Korbin Sims that led to the first of Sami’s tries, and then on the ensuing kickoff, the ball sailed out on the full and the Titans went straight down the field for a Dale Copley try.
Gold Coast had another apparent try in the 29th minute erased on a controversial ruling from the replay bunker.
The Titans ruled the first half and went to the intermission with a 16 – 8 lead.
A quick score by Gold Coast after the break and only for a brief moment in the third quarter did it appear as though the Broncos might mount a comeback.