A scintillating fullback exhibit by AJ Brimson ignited a thorough 30-10 get for the Titans more than an out-of-kinds Cowboys outfit on Sunday.
Brimson scored two attempts, established a person up and saved just one in the first 50 % at Cbus Super Stadium to celebrate his next recreation back from a back again fracture in model.
Brimson experienced plenty of mates with none greater than centre Brian Kelly whose brute strength and footwork at the line have been a continual menace to the North Queensland defence.
The match marked the return of Cowboys captain Michael Morgan from shoulder surgical procedures but he was considerably from his finest.
The Titans forwards – led by Jai Arrow, Moeaki Fotuaika and Jaimin Jolliffe by the middle – played tricky and with company and that allowed halves Ash Taylor and Jamal Fogarty to prosper.
The Titans played with width and flair from the get-go and a sweeping left to suitable participate in involving Arrow, Fogarty and Brimson set up a cracker for Anthony Don inside of 5 minutes.
Sustained stress, blended with Cowboys mistakes, soon explained to and it was no surprise when captain Kevin Proctor crashed by way of following a bustling operate on the still left edge.
One touch passing from Proctor hands Brimson a double
The dedication of Kelly noticed him burst distinct from 60 metres out and a flying Brimson loomed up on his proper shoulder to do the relaxation and the Titans led 14- after 23 minutes.
Brimson built a desperation test-saving deal with on Justin O’Neill and followed it up on the cusp of 50 %-time with a superb check out, as well made as you would hope to see.
From shut assortment, Taylor located Proctor who, in contact, popped a ball again on the inside for Brimson to slice and dice the feeble Cowboys defensive line.
Kelly experienced 45 submit-speak to metres in the very first fifty percent and the Titans mentality was summed up by 1 of his runs wherever he carried a number of Cowboys defenders on his back for 15 metres.
That desperation came to the fore in gorgeous vogue immediately after the crack. A Taylor grubber was viewed by Kyle Feldt as he willed it to go lifeless. Proctor experienced other ideas and leapt further than the useless ball line and scooped it back again for the at any time-alert Kelly to pounce and rating to make it 24-.
Feldt designed amends minutes later on when Phil Sami bought tangled up following a Morgan grubber and this time it was the Cowboys winger who was on hand to score.
The Titans invited the Cowboys back into the recreation with faults and penalties and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow sent O’Neill over out vast to reduce the margin to 14 details.
Proctor hits and spins his way to a check out
From there the Gold Coastline regrouped and Taylor set the consequence past doubt with a face ball for Sami to score.
The gain will take the Titans into 13th situation on the Telstra Premiership ladder with eight competitiveness factors and the greatest put of the Queensland sides with the Cowboys and Broncos both of those on six points in 14th and 15th respectively.
The Cowboys will be dissatisfied with their lacklustre effectiveness which provided 35 skipped tackles, most of which have been in the very first 50 percent, and 15 faults.