THE undermanned Titans were too good for a disappointing Eels outfit securing a 26-14 win at Cbus Super Stadium. Here’s what RLW learned:
1. Neil Henry sure can coach.
The Eels may have been missing their best player in Corey Norman but the Titans were missing plenty of their stars including Jarryd Hayne and still managed to come up with a tough win. The performance was reminiscent of their mid season form last year before Hayne joined the club where the Titans would play for each other and grind out wins with a mixture of attitude and physical fortitude. Whether the Titans are a better team without Hayne is still to be determined but they played their best game of the season without him against the Eels.
2. James carries the Titans on his back.
They may be down on troops but with co-captain Ryan James in their side the Titans are a very brave and tricky opponent to negotiate. James led from the front against the Eels repeatedly charging at the opposition defence to will his side into action and the young Titans followed him all night.
3. Robson winds back the clock.
The NRL journeymen came into the side for the injured Corey Norman and didn’t let anyone down against the Titans. He may be 34 years of age and in his last year of footy but Robson still knows how to make the most of his physcial attributes and make an impact on games which has been the hallmark of his career. While Robson is content to teach the next wave of Eels playmakers from reserve grade he showed he can still cut it in the top grade with his try scoring display at CBus Super Stadium.
4. Cornish shines on debut.
With Jarryd Hayne out Titans coach Neil Henry was forced to give a first grade debut to Tyler Cornish the brother of Mitch Cornish. Tyler came north from the Roosters in search of an opportunity and didn’t put a foot wrong in a solid display against the Eels. There may not be much of him but each of Cornish’s touches was quality highlighted by a well deserved try on the half time siren. The future looks bright for the young kid.
5. Ash Taylor is proving the one that got away for the Broncos.
While Ben Hunt struggled to ice the game for Brisbane on Thursday night their former halfback had a blinder to mastermind a victory over the Eels. Taylor continues to play with maturity beyond his years and was the difference between the two sides on the Gold Coast. Taylor directed his troops around the park setting up tries and kicking five from five in a flawless display.
Titans 26 (McQueen, Cornish, Elgey, Roberts tries; Taylor 5 goals) beat Eels 14 (Gutherson, Robson tries: Gutherson 2 goals)