Gold Coast Titans v Sydney Roosters
Round 8, 2011
The Titans prevailed 24-13 in Round 8 last year thanks to two late tries in front of a good Skilled Park crowd of 15,177.
With both sides struggling on the ladder and in desperate need of a win, it was a dour first half that saw them head to the sheds locked at 6-all following tries to Joseph Leilua and Steve Michaels.
It was tight for much of the second, too. Despite William Zillman slicing through to make it 12-6 just two minutes into the second half, scores were soon level again when Frank-Paul Nuuausala stormed across to set up a nail-biting finish.
Mitchell Pearce looked to give the Roosters the edge with 13 minutes remaining when he drilled home a field-goal from close range but it was the Titans that finished over the top with David Mead racing away to give them an 18-13 lead in the 73rd minute before Zillman scored his second from 35 metres to seal victory.
Significantly, the Titans made 328 tackles to the Roosters’ 253, with Luke Bailey’s contribution of 140 metres and 43 tackles a standout.
Nate Myles ran for 174 metres and Joseph Leilua made eight tackle-breaks for the visitors.