Titans Vs Panthers in Under 20s at Cudgen
THE Titans drew first blood in their under 20s clash with Penrith at Cudgen Leagues club this afternoon, leading 6 nil after just 10 minutes play.
Props Caleb Binge and Mitch Sharp set the platform for the young Titans with some very strong carries early on, Sharp in particular with a couple of barnstorming charges.
An almost 100% completion rate meant the Gold Coasters were constantly putting pressure on the Panthers for the majority of the first quarter of the match, going close to crossing the line several times.
The loss of fullback Shaun Mudson to a knee injury in the 18 minute disrupted their rhythm and the Panthers capitalised shortly after, scoring a converted try to level the scores at six a piece.
The momentum swung to be the Penrith side for the remainder of the first half, their left side attack putting on a great try from 40 metres out to make it 12-6 at the break.
Defensively the Titans toughened up for a period early in the second half, defending consecutive sets of six on their own line.
After putting several sets together of their own, half back Kane Elgey scored a magic solo try, stepping and weaving his way through five defenders to score, locking it up again at 12-all.
Several times the titans breached the panthers defence but could not quite finish off in the next 15 minutes.
Three penalty's in a row to the Panthers then a Titans error deep in their own half resulted in another Penrith try to Waqa Blake.
At 16-12 down the Coast looked done, and in the 74th minute the Panthers finished the game with a try to Michael Ross down the right corridor to make the final score 22-12.
Titans Halves Kane Elgey and Matthew Beddow played great games, and the forward pack worked hard. Several costly mistakes at crucial moments caught.