After a Campbell-inspired fight, the Titans won the Golden Point



Titans coach Justin Holbrooke has welcomed Isaac’s golden-point attempt against St. George’s Elvara as a potential turning point in the Gold Coast’s NRL season.

With a thrilling 20-16 magic round win at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night, the Titans snatched a five-game losing run, Isaco snatched the victory by sliding into a corner in the last minute of the second half of Golden Point.

After a painful wait by the bunker to confirm Isaac’s attempt, the Titans’ players gave the green light to celebrate that they had won the grand final.

“Okay now, everything,” Holbrooke said when asked what a win could mean for his team.

“We all know we’ve had five defeats and I thought the game was really good in difficult situations.

“It was great to try in the end at Golden Point and that’s what we needed.”

It would have been disappointing to have a 10-4 lead at halftime after dominating the first 20 minutes of the Gold Coast match.

Opener AJ Brimson scored for the Titans but a time when they were forced to drop five straight lines and the Dragons’ enforcer Josh McGuire was sent to Sean Bean, the Dragons equalized when Matthew Fagai scored while the Red V were still under one player.

Beau Fermor’s smart putdown from Toby Sexton grubber left the Titans behind but their lead evaporated in the second half when Jack de Bellin crashed within several weeks of his second attempt.

Jack Lomax then led the Dragons on a penalty kick from the sideline when Philip Sami was reported to have a shoulder charge for Mikael Ravallavar as the Dragons winger dived for the triline.

Lomax regretted an expensive miss conversion but Jared Wallace charged four minutes later to take the game to Golden Point after Moses Sully extended the Dragons’ lead in the 69th minute.

Both teams missed field goal attempts to win the match but when the Dragons ‘five-eighth Talatau Amon pushed to the Dragons’ tryline to try to collect a kick, it gave the Titans a field position to move the ball wide for Isaco’s match winner.

“It’s hard to swallow. There’s no question about our efforts. We have to be better, “said Dragons coach Anthony Griffin.

“Once we got to six, we didn’t stop the game. They hit but they’re part of growing up as a team and making sure we learn from that.”

Gold Coast host Cronulla returns home next weekend when the Dragons return home against the Warriors.

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