The 25-year-old fullback outshone his more decorated counterpart Billy Slater in a heroic performance in front the 11,930 predominantly purple crowd.
By the end of the 80 minutes Mead had tallied 144 metres, a try and the adulation of his coach. The performance came despite a heavy fall early in the game, in the wake of a spectacular bomb reception.
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"I think the play of the day was when he got back in the in-goal in the second half. He dived straight into the opponents' knees, got back up to play the ball quickly and got great field position off the back of his play. That just typified how he played all day."
“We want to play semi-final football but as the old saying goes we’ve got to look week to week and keep improving everyday,” said Mead. “If we get the process right the results will come.”
"Our boys are still learning these type of games, we need to learn how to stay in the grind and I thought we did that today," co-captain Nate Myles said.
"Penalty or not at the end there, I thought we were in the right field position to get that so credit to our boys."
The Titans were the better team throughout much of the contest however continual errors (11 in total) kept the Storm within touching distance.
The visitors completed just 25 of 41 sets for the match and committed two forward passes just metres from the try-line in the second half.
Gold Coast get the chance to record four-straight wins for the first time since August 2010 when they take on the Broncos on Friday night.