The Titans finally snapped their month’s long losing streak by getting over the South Sydney Rabbits, 10-14 last night.
It was an awful game with more penalties than stars in the sky. Referee Ashley Klein seemed hell-bent on blowing the pea out of his whistle and must have been bloody close to succeeding: he was puffing on that thing so much I’m surprised he didn’t pass out.
The Rabbits opened the game in style with Lote Tuqiri scythed his way through the Titans defence from the kick off. Nine minutes later Luke Keary managed to get across the line. Things were looking grim for the Titans.
But in a throw-back to the beginning of the year, the Titans knuckled down and never gave up.
I think it’s now official: Paul Carter is one of the Titans greatest weapons in attack and defence. Carter is perpetually looking to do the hard yards all over the field.
It was a positive game with sparks of promise all across the park. Will Zillman showed shades of last year’s form when he danced through the Rabbits line to score. Daniel Mortimer and Albert Kelly seemed to be linking up well in their first game together. David Mead was absolutely electric, as usual.
Mead’s performance will only cement the fan’s opinion that Mead and not Zillman should be playing at fullback, despite Cartwright’s vehement determination that Zillman will see out the year at the back.
Luke Burgess might find himself in a bit of trouble after nearly taking Matt White’s head off in a tackle that caused a mini-fracas.
Hopefully this win will put a bit of wind in the Titans sails as they face a potentially “easy” run over the coming couple of weeks.
Is this the beginning of a winning run?