NRL: Titans devour Panthers 36-18

It’s not ideal when the man converting for the opposition is taking his fourth consecutive shot from in front of the posts.
Nanjing Night Net

Lacklustre defence in an error-plagued display reduced the Penrith Panthers to a crushing 36-18 loss against the Gold Coast Titans at Skilled Park on Sunday afternoon.

With a line-up that was dealt significant change prior to kick-off- regular starters Luke Lewis, Travis Burns and Sam McKendry were all sidelined while Lachlan Coote was a late replacement for an injured Josh Mansour- the side lacked cohesion and only a late spark prevented them from being kept scoreless.

The Titans opened the scoring when winger Kevin Gordon defused a Scott Prince bomb to help send Aidan Sezer racing over in the 11th minute.

Prince converted and the Titans led 6-0.

Just as Penrith surged toward their try-line courtesy of a Nigel Plum break, Prince intercepted a Coote pass and offloaded to David Mead, who flew 80 metres down the field to score underneath the posts in the 29th minute.

Prince slotted the conversion to secure the Titans a 12-0 lead.

When Coote dropped the ball following a Walsh pass on the halfway line, Titans centre Steve Michaels capitalised and stormed away to also plant the ball under the posts in the 35th minute.

Prince nailed the conversion and stretched the Titans’ advantage to 18-0, a score line that was unchanged at halftime.

After the break, the Titans spared little time before piling more points onto the scoreboard.

Sezer exploited a gap in the Panthers’ defence upon collecting a Prince pass and sped underneath the posts in the 45th minute.

Taking his third consecutive kick of the match from directly in front of the posts, Prince perfected the conversion and the Titans led 24-0.

Another rampant run delivered the Titans yet another try when Brenton Lawrence sidestepped his way through numerous Panthers defenders to complete a 35 metre sprint with a four-pointer under the posts in the 50th minute.

Prince added the extras to give the Titans a 30-0 lead.

The Panthers finally hit back when club debutant Arana Taumata pounced on a Luke Walsh kick to ground the ball just shy of the dead ball line in the 59th minute.

Sharpshooter Walsh converted and the Panthers trailed 30-6.

Flagging Panthers’ defence allowed Mead to make a blistering run down the sideline before passing to Luke O’Dwyer, who cruised over in the 69th minute.

Prince maintained his 100 per cent conversion rate and bolstered the Titans to a 36-6 lead.

Refusing to bow out easily, the Panthers picked up a try when Cameron Ciraldo threw a dummy pass to charge over and score in the 75th minute, with a Walsh conversion reducing the side’s deficit to 36-12.

The spirited fight back continued when Walsh sent lock Ryan Simpkins racing over in the 79th minute, with another successful Walsh conversion locking in the Panthers’ 36-18 defeat.

Sitting in 15th position on the competition ladder, the Panthers take on the last-placed Parramatta Eels in the annual Women in League round at Centrebet Stadium on Saturday night. Kick-off is 7.30pm.

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