Rivalry Round Clashes: Titans v Broncos

Gold Coast Titans v Brisbane Broncos
Famous Matches

Round 17, 2007
BRONCOS 19, TITANS 18

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A golden point field goal which ricocheted off both uprights gave the Broncos a dramatic 19-18 victory over the Gold Coast Titans in a thrilling local derby at Suncorp Stadium.

Two nights after 52,000 people watched the final State of Origin match at the same venue, more than 48,000 turned up for a contest that featured toughness, courage and determination and was ultimately decided by the boot of Queensland captain Darren Lockyer.

The Gold Coast were poised to score their second win of the season against Brisbane when they led 18-12 with only two minutes of regulation time remaining but the match turned on a heavy collision between young Broncos giant Dave Taylor and Titans halfback Scott Prince, who had just got a clearing kick away. Prince was led from the field clutching a collarbone and a minute later Taylor crashed through a tired defence to score near the posts. Corey Parker’s conversion sent the game into extra-time.
It was then, 55 seconds into golden point, that Lockyer launched his strike from 40 metres out, the ball floating in to hit the right upright and then the left before falling over the crossbar.

Both teams paid a heavy price for the fierce contest. Brisbane lost centre Justin Hodges with a hamstring tear just before halftime while the Titans were left with no fit men on interchange after Prince, Michael Hodgson (knee), James Stosic (knee) and Clint Amos (concussion) were unable to continue.

Round 24, 2008
BRONCOS 25, TITANS 21


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Darren Lockyer added to his reputation as the game’s consummate match-winner when he climbed from his sick bed to inspire the Broncos’ 25-21 victory over the Gold Coast in a golden point thriller at Suncorp Stadium.

Brisbane medical staff revealed that Lockyer was so sick on the day of the game that he almost withdrew at midday and team doctor Martin Hislop said it was “touch and go right up until the last minute” if he played.

Lockyer received an injection at halftime to ease his nausea before leading the Broncos to another exhilarating win. That looked unlikely after 40 minutes in which the Broncos tackled themselves to near standstill. They trailed 14-6 at the break but persevered and scored the next three tries to lead 20-14.

Titans centre Josh Graham was next to score from a Scott Prince bomb and Prince converted to lock up the scores. Then Lockyer stepped up for the first time, nailed an 18-metre field goal before Prince responded with a 33-metre strike which sent the game to golden point.

Lockyer lined up another attempt at field goal after three minutes of overtime but the defence rushed him, he propped and sent centre Joel Moon into open space, backed him up and then released interchange Greg Eastwood on an unencumbered run to the line.

“I’ve coached a lot of wonderful players,” said Brisbane’s Wayne Bennett in praise of his captain. “But I don’t know if I’ve coached anyone tougher than him.”

Round 5, 2007
TITANS 28, BRONCOS 16


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The Gold Coast’s decision to concede the home ground advantage to the Brisbane Broncos paid handsome dividends when they upset the defending premiers 28-16 at Suncorp Stadium.

A crowd of 47,686 turned out for the game’s newest local derby, in which the competition minnows made their more experienced opponents look decidedly second rate. The Broncos boasted 10 internationals in their 17-man squad but their performance was blighted by elementary errors.

The Titans displayed far more energy and commitment and held the Broncos at arm’s length from the time second-rower Mark Minichiello opened the scoring in the 26th minute. Halfback Scott Prince continued his bright start to the season, while forwards Luke Bailey and Anthony Laffranchi enhanced their representative claims with impressive efforts.

 “It doesn’t get much better than coming to the premiers’ home ground and beating them,” said Titans coach John Cartwright.

The only down-side for the victors was a serious injury to 22-year-old prop Michael Henderson, who broke his leg in an awkward tackle, four minutes before fulltime.
Surveying his team’s fourth loss from five games, Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett admitted it was “pretty weird” that five or six of his players were in line for Test selection.

Round 6, 2008
TITANS 26, BRONCOS 24


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Gold Coast halfback Scott Prince continued to exert pressure on the Australian selection panel with another sublime display as his Titans side held out Brisbane to win a thrilling match 26-24 at Skilled Park.

Prince was once again the master architect for the Titans, his creative work inside the opposition 20 making him arguably the most effective player in the game. His selective passing and pinpoint kicking resulted in three of his team’s five tries and by fulltime calls for his inclusion in the Australian 17 for the Centenary Test had become deafening. Even Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett was singing his praises afterwards, admitting that Australia’s selectors were in for a difficult time.

Prince and the Titans were irresistible in the early stages and Brisbane were in danger of being blown off the park when they trailed 16-0 in next to even time but a try to winger Denan Kemp and a conversion and penalty goal to hooker Michael Ennis brought them back in touch by halftime. Soon after the resumption, Brisbane’s other winger Darius Boyd scored one of the tries of the season after superb build-up from halfback Peter Wallace and centre Steve Michaels.

The Titans then jumped out to a 26-14 lead before two late Brisbane tries produced a nailbiting climax.