Gold Coast young guns make debut

THEY lost their opening match but the Gold Coast Titans' Harold Matthews (under-16) side was far from disgraced against Western Suburbs in Sydney at the weekend.

The Titans made history on Saturday when they became the first Queensland-based side to compete in the NSW competition and they showed they are worthy of inclusion before going down 26-12 to the Magpies.

“It was challenging for the boys, having to cope with the travel and going against opposition we knew nothing about,” Gold Coast coach Aaron Zimmerle said.

“(But) I was very impressed with how we played and there were plenty of positives to take from the match.

“We matched Wests for the majority of the game. We were up 12-10 at half-time but missed some chances in the second half while Wests took theirs.”

Winger Nat Regueira was the Titans best while hooker Tom Sunderl and centre Barlen Wilson and captain Jack Durhiem also impressed.

In the SG Ball match (under-18), the Titans opened their season with an impressive 28-12 win over Western Suburbs.

Trailing 12-0 at the start of the second half, the Titans produced a powerful defensive effort in the second stanza to force their way back into the match.

“The boys weren't focused on the game at all in the first half so I gave them a bit of rev up at half time and they came out in the second half and settled down and starting doing the little things right,” coach Jamie O'Connor said.

Second-rower Ryan James and lock forward Tyson Skyring led the way for the Titans up front while Guy Borgas and Michael Parker-Walshe showed plenty of flair in the backs.

The Titans' Harold Matthews and SG Ball sides are home next week to St George at the Tugun Seahawks Rugby League Club on Saturday.

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