Gold Coast has cruelled St George Illawarra’s faint hopes of playing NRL finals this season by springing a late comeback to win 14-10 in Kogarah.
- The Titans scored two tries inside the final five minutes to claim the win over the Dragons
- It is the Titans’ fifth victory of the season under new coach Justin Holbrook
- The Dragons are in 10th place on the ladder, four points outside the top eight
The Dragons led 8-0 just after half-time, but the Titans scored three unanswered tries — including two in the final five minutes — to steal the win.
New South Wales State of Origin representative Tyrone Peachey was on the spot to collect a rebounded kick off the upright to level the scores at 10-all in the 76th minute.
Barely a minute later Titans halfback Jamal Fogarty raced through broken play to score, sealing the club’s first win in three weeks.
It was a costly result for the Dragons, as a win would have placed them ninth on the ladder, just two points out of the top eight.
Instead, they are in 10th place with four rounds remaining in the minor premiership.
The Titans showed not only defensive resilience but marked improvement in attack to score their fifth win of the season under first-year coach Justin Holbrook.
It was a dour first half as the Titans’ defence on their line held firm under attack from the Dragons, who went into the break with a 2-0 lead.
The Dragons emerged with more energy in the second half and finally converted field position to points seven minutes later.
Ben Hunt’s crafty work around dummy half put Jacob Host over from short range to go up 8-0, before the Titans struck back almost immediately, starting the comeback.
Dragons winger Mikaele Ravalawa’s poor read in defence was quickly exposed when Titans second rower Beau Fermor shot a ball out to Phillip Sami to score.
Titans forward Jaimin Jollife could be in trouble for a high shot on Tyson Frizell in the first half when he caught the New South Wales State of Origin forward around the chin.
The Dragons will also be sweating on the charge sheet, with centre Zac Lomax put on report for a dangerous tackle in the second half.