A tough battle was predicted at Skilled Park this afternoon between the Titans and the Rabbitohs, and no one was disappointed with the home side coming away the victors in the end by 22-14.
The defence of the two sides was outstanding and very busy. After the early settling period, both side knuckled down for a tit for tat battle that lasted until the final minutes of the match.
The Rabbitohs went into the break with a narrow lead of 8-6 after a try apiece in the first 40 minutes.
The second half attack belonged to the Titans as they continuously battered their line only to be, on many occasions, kept from scoring by outstanding Rabbitohs defence. However the weary visitors allowed two tries to be scored in the last 10 minutes of the half, and ultimately the match.
The return of Bailey and Rogers to the Titans line-up definitely has the desired effect as the both were busy throughout their time on the field.
Gold Coast Titans 22 def South Sydney Rabbitohs14 Round 8 - Saturday May 2nd, 2009 3:00pm Venue: Skilled Park Referee: Ashley Klein, Chris James Touch Judges: Gavin Reynolds, Rick McFarlane Video Ref: Tim Mander Crowd: 19,833 Halftime: Rabbitohs 8-6
Gold Coast Titans 22 Tries: Preston Campbell, Chris Walker, Mat Rogers, Anthony Laffranchi Goals: Scott Prince (3/4) South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 Tries: Issac Luke, Luke Stuart Goals: Issac Luke (0/1), Chris Sandow (3/3)
LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Mark Minichiello (Titans) 2 Points: Anthony Laffranchi (Titans) 1 Point: Luke Stuart (Rabbitohs)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
TITANS: 1. Preston Campbell 2. Kevin Gordon 3. Esi Tonga 4. Brett Delaney 5. Chris Walker 6. Mat Rogers 7. Scott Prince (c) 8. Luke Bailey (c) 9. Nathan Friend 10. Michael Henderson 11. Anthony Laffranchi 12. Mark Minichiello 13. Ashley Harrison Interchange: 14. Aaron Cannings 15. Will Matthews 16. Luke O