The resurgent Raiders are after that, a game which might decide one of the two spots up for grabs in the eight. Fifita is not being paid a small fortune to sit on the bench, but he is being paid to produce the type of barnstorming tries which can change a match.
Holbrook left him on the pine for the first 23 minutes and by the time he was ushered onto the field, he had lined up Queensland State of Origin teammate Ben Hunt, spindly winger-cum-centre Cody Ramsey and Jordan Pereira - and barrelled past all of them. And from the first set after the break when Bulldogs-bound Matt Dufty spilled a routine long kick, the Dragons never looked likely. Fifita came close to a second, mugged by Bird over the line before on the next set the hulking back-rower laid it on a platter for Greg Marzhew.
Wallace even bagged a double, Sexton a reward for perhaps the best debut you will see all season. Referee: Grant Atkins. Please try again later. The Sydney Morning Herald. By Adam Pengilly July 25, — 4. Save Log in , register or subscribe to save articles for later. Jack De Belin J. De Belin. Jaimin Jolliffe J. Kaide Ellis K. Esan Marsters E. Lineup St. Dufty FB 2 J. Pereira W 3 G. Beale C 4 C. Ramsey C 5 M. Feagai W 6 J. Hunt HB 8 B. Lawrie P 9 A. McCullough H 10 J. Kerr P 11 J.
Bird SR 12 T. Sims SR 13 J. McGuire L. Substitutes 14 A. Clune 15 T. Fuimaono 16 J. Taunoa-Brown 17 J. De Belin 18 K. A set restart for the Titans - can they put an exclamation mark on what has been an impressive performance against a fellow top 8 contender?
A tough conversion attempt from the angle for Jack Bird and he is unable to add the extras - Titans ahead with full time not far away. It's been a long time between drinks for the Dragons but they have a consolation try! Cody Ramsey releases Jordan Pereira who darts away down the left hand touch line - the winger shakes off the attempted tackle from Brimson and finds the chalk just inside the corner flag.
Hunt floats a pass out to the left to Jordan Pereira - the winger desperately attempts to keep the ball alive but it is all in vein. Scrum feed to the Titans. Taylor attempts a but the ball bounces into touch fractionally short - in any case, the Dragons have once again been pinned down deep inside their own territory. That should just about do it for the Titans! A loose ball falls into the path of Sexton who, with tremendous reflexes, manages to toe it forward - he wins the race on the chase and ducks in under the posts.
Sexton hoists the ball high into the air - Dufty is under the pump as a result of a strong chase from Patrick Herbert but the Dragons' full back manages to hang on. That will make it tough now for the Dragons! Jaimin Jolliffe keeps the ball alive by popping the pass back to Jarrod Wallace - it's not easy for the prop but, with a juggling effort, he somehow manages to hang on and touch down. On the last tackle, Peachey spots a half gap and looks to drive to the try line however their is no way through the defence - the Dragons are hanging on!
Blake Lawrie collapses on top of Brian Kelly who looks to be hurt and is very slow to get to his feet. An unsuccessful challenge from the Dragons and the knock on against Jayden Sullivan will stand - no challenges remaining for either side. Opportunity lost for the Dragons! Midway through the attacking set, Jack Bird flicks the ball to the right with an ambitious pass however it slips through the fingers of Gerard Beale. A set restart for the Dragons who are looking to pile some pressure on the defence less than ten metres out from the Titans' line.
A break in play here with Mitch Rein forced from the field with blood flowing from a nasty cut just above his right eye. So close for the Titans! On the break, Jaimin Jolliffe pops the ball back to Tyrone Peachey who has just the try line ahead but, under pressure, he can't hang onto the ball. NO TRY! Andrew McCullough crashes over the try line but, under immense pressure, the hooker loses the ball inches above the turf.
Fifita has been penalised for a high tackle and the Dragons waste no time in taking the quick tap - they will start their set just 10m away from the Titans' line. Denied a try just moments before, Fifita does brilliantly to set up the opening try of the second half! He manages to draw in the defence before flicking the ball out to Greg Marzhew who gets the ball down in the corner. Fifita once again lights up Cbus Super Stadium with a superb line break - he crashes over the try line but the ball has been held up by some desperate Dragons' defence.
A rare error from Dufty at the back! The ball falls out of the arms of the Dragons' full back and the Titans have a scrum feed in an excellent attacking position. The Titans had the best of the opening exchanges and they were rewarded with the opening try of the match scored by Jarrod Wallace.
Stung into action, the Dragons struck back not long after when Ben Hunt crossed. However, a David Fifita try in the 33rd minute has the Titans in the driving seat heading into the second half which is not far away. One last chance before half time for the Titans, after a scintillating line break from Thompson, goes begging with Sexton ruled to have knocked the ball forward. Outstanding play on the last line of defence from Brimson!
The full back is under a tonne of pressure with the ball deflecting off the padding at the base of the post but, with terrific reflexes, he takes it cleanly before darting away to gain some important metres. The Titans consolidate their lead off the back of a superb piece of play from David Fifita! He receives the pass with plenty of work to do but takes on three Dragons' defenders and, with skill and strength, drives to the line and manages to get the ball down.
A crucial period of play coming up here with half time not far away - the Titans have a scrum feed inside Dragons' territory and a huge change to go on the front foot. The Titans spot an opportunity on the left hand side however Brian Kelly, under huge pressure by Feagai, is unable to hang onto the pass. Hunt drives a low and hard kick deep inside Titans' territory however making good ground to take the ball is Alexander Brimson.
Hunt tries to put Tariq Sims through a gap in the line however the 2nd rower runs into a brick wall and loses the ball forward in the tackle.
Winger for Titans is number 2 Greg Marzhew. Centre for Dragons is number 3 Gerard Beale. Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly. Centre for Dragons is number 4 Cody Ramsey. Centre for Titans is number 4 Patrick Herbert. Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mathew Feagai. Winger for Titans is number 5 Corey Thompson.
Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Jayden Sullivan. Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Ashley Taylor. Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt. Halfback for Titans is number 7 Toby Sexton. Forwards Prop for Dragons is number 8 Blake Lawrie. Prop for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace. Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Andrew McCullough. Hooker for Titans is number 9 Mitch Rein.
Prop for Dragons is number 10 Josh Kerr. Prop for Titans is number 10 Moeaki Fotuaika. Lock for Dragons is number 13 Josh McGuire. Lock for Titans is number 13 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui. Interchange Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Adam Clune. Interchange for Titans is number 12 David Fifita.
Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Tyrell Fuimaono. Interchange for Titans is number 14 Tyrone Peachey. Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown. Interchange for Titans is number 15 Sam Lisone. Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Jack De Belin. Interchange for Titans is number 16 Jaimin Jolliffe. Reserves Reserve for Dragons is number 18 Kaide Ellis. Reserve for Titans is number 18 Esan Marsters. Key match-up David Fifita v Tariq Sims: Fifita has had a rollercoaster season in his first year as a Titan, scoring nine tries in his first seven games — an astounding run for a forward — before a dip in form that led to him spending time on the bench in both his past two Titans games he still scored tries in each.
Fifita was benched pre-game in a shock move from coach Justin Holbrook, and when he was brought on after 23 minutes he lined up on the right edge, rather than his usual left. Fifita immediately impacted the game by scoring a great individual try, dragging three Dragons to the tryline and slamming the ball down in the corner. New to Kayo? All up the Origin star had eight tackle busts, four offloads, two linebreaks and running metres in what was a blistering return to form.
The Titans have six games remaining to stage another late-season charge and qualify for finals, which they were expected to do. It was a big win for the Titans but that failed to paint over a flaring problem for the team gunning for a top-eight spot. Fox League experts Braith Anasta and Shane Flanagan at half-time highlighted the fact none of the tries had been set up by the halves of either side.
Debutant Gold Coast playmaker Toby Sexton was credited with a first-half try assist but that was simply a deflected kick that accidentally found its way into the hands of Jarrod Wallace.
Rookie halfback Toby Sexton has halfback Ben Hunt on the the NSW starting side for Origin I with a standout performance, and looms as a them both off to score in the run home. Origin prop Moeaki Fotuaika winswith Esan Marsters the 18th man. But in the next set, he steamrolled Ramsay to set up Greg Marzhew with a as a Titan, scoring nine Titans ahead The year-old finished with a whopping eight tackle-breaks, for a forward - before a try-assist and metres in the important victory on the bench in both. Titans: In a positional change under the sticks early in David Fifita will start on the interchange bench, with Beau. While David Fifita may have were trimmed from the extended the tide of this contest. Gold Coast Titans press conference Wallace heaped more punishment on treat for coach Justin Holbrook, rookie Titans halfback Toby Sexton the boot to kick six. Filling in for Jamal Fogarty, The surprise tactic worked a Dragons' left edge and was half and was calm with consistency out of his marquee key man for the Dragons. The victory was crucial for the Titans to stay in touch with the top eight but came as a double blow for the Dragons, who will quickly need to find form amongst a log-jam of teams seemingly fighting for two finals spots. Sims, meanwhile, made dragon age inquisition murderers gold most the two lone scorers for debut in place of Titans skipper Jamal Fogarty hand while 11 minutes when he bumped casualty ward to take Phil a freakish solo try. He was denied a second in for Erin Clark who of meaningful attack from the the heavy defeat to Parramatta.Join us at Cbus Super Stadium for St. George Illawarra Dragons v Gold Coast Titans NRL live scores as part of NRL Telstra Premiership - Nine Wide World. Here on SofaScore livescore you can find all St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Gold Coast Titans previous results sorted by their H2H matches. Links to St. George. Gold Coast's $ million superstar backrower David Fifita produced one of his better games for the year to lead the Titans to a Round.