Penrith scored an emphatic 23-10 victory at this very same venue in Round 13 last year thanks largely to a glut of second-half errors from the home side.
The Titans actually began the better of the two sides with David Mead leaping highest to score from a Scott Prince bomb after just five minutes and despite falling behind through tries to Michael Jennings and Kevin Kingston in the 14th and 24th minutes, scores were level just moments after the half-time break thanks to some Preston Campbell magic.
Campbell grubbered in behind the defensive line and then toed the ball ahead again, the diminutive playmaker winning the race to touch down centimetres inside the dead-ball line.
Unfortunately, the Titans’ joy was short lived.
Fumbling their way to a 50 per cent second-half completion rate, the Gold Coast’s resolve was broken after 54 minutes when Petero Civoniceva burst through to send Adrian Purtell away. Luke Walsh made it a seven-point game when he calmly slotted a 72nd-minute field-goal. And Penrith put the icing on the cake when Luke Walsh chipped over the top and Travis Burns gathered in the scraps to make it 23-10.
The Titans completed just 26 of 41 sets for the game and missed 40 tackles to 24.
Winger David Simmons ran for 185 metres and made five tackle-breaks for the visitors while Gold Coast forward Ashley Harrison worked hard in making 47 tackles.