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Titans run riot against Panthers

Gold Coast have continued their great run of recent form defeating Penrith 36-18 at Skilled Park on Sunday.
Titans run riot against Panthers
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Gold Coast have continued their great run of recent form defeating Penrith 36-18 at Skilled Park on Sunday.

While an injury depleted Panthers battled hard for the 80 minutes the Titans had too much power in attack, running in six tries to three.

The match started at a very brisk pace, with both sides exchanging heavy blows in the early running. The kicking games from both squads were excellent, and when Kevin Gordon caught a towering Scott Prince bomb and offloaded, Aidan Sezer was over the line for the first try of the game.

Michael Jennings almost evened the scores just minutes later, pouncing on a loose ball and running 60 metres before being caught by Gordon in cover defence. The Panthers received a penalty the very next play, and despite a great effort from Harry Siejka, came up just short of the line.

The following fifteen minutes saw both sides go end to end, but it was a David Mead try against the run of play which saw the Titans extend their lead. A Scott Prince intercept set up the near length of the field effort, the halfback plucking the ball out of thin air and linking with the winger in support who pinned ears back and cruised past the Panthers chasers.

Steve Michaels had a similar effort shortly after, picking up a Lachlan Coote dropped ball and running 50 metres to go in under the posts to increase the lead to 18-0 with five minutes remaining in the first half.

Michael Jennings tried his best to shorten the deficit before the break, showing some nice footwork to get the Titans scrambling. However, the centre couldn't quite put points on the board with his grubber kick beating him to the dead ball line as the siren sounded.

The Titans continued where they left off in the second stanza, with Will Zillman busting through the right edge. The Gold Coast men were looking threatening, and on the back of constant pressure and a nice wrap-around by Scott Prince, Sezer had his double. The five eighth showed a nice turn of pace and a big left foot step to beat some tiring Panthers defenders, taking the score to 24-0.

They weren't done there, with Brenton Lawrence scoring his second NRL shortly after. The big man showing impressive speed and footwork to get over the stripe as the scoreline continued to inflate.

Lawrence's try seemed to spark the Panthers into action, and on the back of some possession the Penrith men opened their account with Arara Taumata picking up a pin-point Luke Walsh kick down the right edge to make the score 30-6.

The Panthers continued to look good in attack but again, their defence lost concentration, as David Mead made a nice break down the right edge to set up Luke O' Dwyer who was excellent the entire match.

The Panthers finished strong at the back end of the match with Cameron Ciraldo and Ryan Simpkins scoring great tries on the left edge, but the damage was done far earlier in the game, the Titans running out 36-18 victors in an entertaining encounter.

The best for the Titans were Sezer, Douglas and O'Dwyer, while Plum, Jennings and Kingston played well for the Panthers.

(A Sezer 2, D Mead, S Michaels B Lawrence L O' Dwyer Tries; S Prince 6/6 Goals)
(A Taumata, C Ciraldo R Simpkins Tries; L Walsh 3/3 Goals)

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