The Gold Coast Titans have continued their charge towards the top eight with a convincing 36-16 win over the Sydney Roosters in front of 8134 fans at Allianz Stadium.
Scott Prince was in the fine form as he guided his side to their third straight win, which sees them on equal competition-points with the eighth-placed Tigers.
While the Titans came away with a 20-point victory it was the home side who were on fire in the opening minutes on the back of some good metres from their forward pack and a lopsided penalty count.
A penalty in the 11th minute saw the Roosters right on the attack and it was Tinirau Arona who found a gap a few metres out to open up the scoring. Braith Anasta added the extras.
The Roosters began gifting, the Titans field position on the back of penalties and the visitors took advantage through Beau Falloon in the 56th minute.
A penalty and a tackle count restart right on the try line helped the Roosters claw their way back into the game through Mitchell Aubusson in the 61st minute. Anasta added the extras to make it a six-point ball game.
However, the home side began to self-destruct from there, conceding back-to-back penalties allowing Scott Prince to extend the lead with a penalty goal in the 68th minute before the Titans ran in two late tries to seal the victory.
Tonight's victory sees the Titans right on the edge of the top eight, they will take on the third-placed South Sydney Rabbitohs next weekend.
As for the Roosters, they will host the St George Illawarra Dragons next weekend, who are still in the running for a place in top eight.
Sydney Roosters 16 were defeated by Gold Coast Titans 36
National Rugby League - Round 21 - Friday July 27, 2012 7:45pm
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Referee: Jason Robinson and Phil Haines
Video Referee: Phil Cooley
Touch Judges: Adam Reid and Clayton Sharpe
Halftime: Sydney Roosters 10 Gold Coast Titans 12
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Scott Prince (1 Try, 5 Conversions, 1 Penalty Goal)
2 Points - Luke Bailey
1 Point - Nate Myles
SYDNEY ROOSTERS (16)
Tries: Mitchell Pearce, Mitchell Aubusson, Tinirau Arona
Conversions: Braith Anasta (2/3)
GOLD COAST TITANS (36)
Tries: Scott Prince, Beau Falloon, Jamal Idris, William Zillman (2), Matt Srama
Conversions: Scott Prince (5/6)
Penalty Goals: Scott Prince (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Good evening NRL fans and welcome to Allianz Stadium where the Sydney Roosters host the Gold Coast Titans.
We have crisp conditions at the SFS this evening where both John Cartwright and Brian Smith have announced that they will go into the match with the same squad named on Tuesday afternoon.
The home side will be looking for their first win since round 15, their recent poor form sees them sitting in 14th on the ladder, they will be hoping the inclusion of talented young fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck might give them a much needed boost.
As for the Titans, they will be keen to record their third straight win, their recent good form sees them only two-competition-points out of the top eight and with only six rounds remaining in the regular season each win is extremely valuable.
1 min: Braith Anasta kicks off to bring us under way at Allianz Stadium!
1 min: Anasta goes for a short kick off and the Titans are only 40 out from their own line after the first tackle.
1 min: Scott Prince grubbers the ball dead on tackle five.
3 min: Roosters run it on the last before Shaun Kenny-Dowell grubbers into the in-goal to force a line drop out.
4 min: Mitchell Pearce goes to the air on the last and Steve Michaels jumps from the field of play to catch it in the in-goal where he is trapped, another line drop-out.
5 min: The Roosters spread it out wide on the last and BJ Leilua taps it on to Tautau Moga knocks on a few metres out from the line.
6 min: The Titans receive a relieving penalty.
7 min: Aidan Sezer forces a line drop out.
9 min: Kenny-Dowall cleans up a Prince grubber a few metres out from the try line and the Roosters are off the hook.
10 min: Roosters receive a penalty and will go on the attack 15 out from the Titans' line.
12 min: TRY
TRY! Jake Friend puts Tinirau Arona into a gap and Arona scores close to the posts. Anasta adds the extras.
Sydney Roosters 6-0
13 min: The Roosters receive a penalty a few metres into the Titans half and should go on the attack again.
14 min: Kevin Gordon cleans up a Pearce grubber and the Titans are off the hook.
17 min: William Zillman loses the ball on the back of the scrum and the Roosters will go on the attack again.
18 min: Pearce grubbers on the third tackle and the ball hits the posts before it bounces into the arms of Zillman.
20 min: Moga is tackled into touch 15 out from the Titans' line on tackle four after the Roosters find some space.
21 min: Possible try to the Titans through Jamal Idris.
21 min: No try! Idris grounded the ball over the dead ball line.
22 min: The Roosters receive another penalty.
23 min: Roosters force a line drop out.
25 min: TRY
TRY! Pearce finally manages to get a grubber into the in-goal and he scores off his own grubber. Anasta's conversion attempt is unsuccessful.
Sydney Roosters 10-0
29 min: Roosters have another penalty, they're currently dominating the penalty count 4-1.
30 min: Pearce goes to the air 40 out and David Mead diffuses it a metre out from his line before streaking 80 metres before being tackled.
32 min: TRY
TRY! Prince takes two defenders with him over the line to open up the scoring for the Titans. Prince adds the extras.
Sydney Roosters 10-6
33 min: Titans get a tackle count restart on halfway.
33 min: Titans receive a penalty and will go right on the attack.
34 min: Sezer forces a line drop out on the last.
36 min: Idris might have a try here!
37 min: TRY
TRY! Idris shrugs off a couple of would be tacklers before scoring. Prince adds the extras.
Gold Coast Titans 12-10
37 min: The Titans receive a penalty and should go on the attack.
38 min: Greg Bird loses the ball just short of the try line and the Roosters are off the hook.
40 min: Tuivasa-Sheck denies Sezer a 40/20.
40 min: Zillman takes a tackle 30 out from his own line as the hooter sounds.
41 min: We're under way in the second half.
43 min: Tuivasa-Sheck knocks on trying to play the ball 30 out from his own line.
45 min: TRY
TRY! Zillman shows the ball before running into a gap and scoring. Prince fails to convert.
Gold Coast Titans 16-10
48 min: The Titans receive a relieving penalty.
52 min: Zillman drops the ball 40 out from the Roosters' line.
54 min: Titans receive a penalty 20 out from their own line.
58 min: TRY
TRY! Beau Falloon dives straight over from dummy half. Prince adds the extras.
Gold Coast Titans 22-10
58 min: The Titans get a tackle count restart on halfway.
59 min: The Roosters receive a relieving penalty after Tuivasa-Sheck takes a Sezer chip on the full a few metres out from his line.
60 min: Roosters get a tackle count restart 10 out.
62 min: TRY
TRY! Mitchell Aubusson slips over a few metres from the line and gets back up to score to the right of the posts. Anasta adds the extras.
Gold Coast Titans 22-16
64 min: The Titans receive a penalty 40 out from their own line.
65 min: Moga is trapped in goal after cleaning up a Sezer kick. Line drop out.
66 min: The Titans receive a penalty a few metres in front and they'll go for the two.
68 min: PENALTY GOAL
Prince kicks the goal from practically in front.
Gold Coast Titans 24-16
71 min: Roosters receive a penalty.
71 min: Pearce loses the ball 20 out from the Titans line.
74 min: Leilua is pinned for a forward pass 40 out from the Titans' line and then the Roosters are penalised for back chat.
77 min: TRY
TRY! The Titans spread it out wide and Zillman finds some space and strolls over to score in the right corner. Prince adds the extras from the touchline.
Gold Coast Titans 30-16
77 min: Roosters are penalised for a high shot.
79 min: TRY
TRY! Scott Prince steps into a gap before offloading to Matt Srama who scores. Prince adds the extras.
Gold Coast Titans 36-16
80 min: Prince forces a line drop out but there won't be enough time. The Titans have defeated the Sydney Roosters 36-16 at Allianz Stadium in front of 8134 fans.