The Titans went down swinging 26-18 against the Sydney Roosters down south in front of a season record low crowd of 6345. All in all it was an underwhelming send off for John Cartwright’s last match coaching the Titans.
Before the game the Titans squad had a bit of a shuffle with the inclusion of Aidan Sezer pushing Brad Takairangi to the centres and Dave Taylor to the bench. Word is that Taylor demanded to play for Cartwright’s send-off despite a bulging disc in his neck that may not let him return for the rest of the season.
The Titans started the match well when Anthony Don scored off the back of some rusty play. Daniel Mortimer tried to slip through a grubber that was picked off by James Maloney who thought about darting away toward the Titans line but instead threw a pass to no one for Don to pick up the spilled lollies and score.
James Maloney was a stand-out during the game because no one was exactly sure which side he was playing for at times. Throughout the game he was about as affective as converting tries as a one legged man only managing two from five and a penalty at the death.
After setting up Don for a try Maloney later went on to scythe through the Titans defence and stumble over the line for the Roosters.
It was a game of tit-for-tat during the first half with Dave Taylor scoring with his first touch off the bench.
After half time though it was all Sydney. The Roosters’ win ensures the Titans have no chance of making the finals.
From now on it’s Neil Henry calling the shots at the Gold Coast. Technically Henry is only the caretaker and hasn’t been confirmed as head coach next year, but Stevie Wonder could see he’s going to be the man with the reins next year.
Will Neil Henry have much effect on the Titans for the remainder of the season?