Jake Clifford has led the best way for the North Queensland Cowboys as they recorded a decent six-point trial victory over a much-improved Gold Coast Titans on the Sunshine Coast.
The Titans had the higher of the primary half of the sport with out lots of their stars. With Ashley Taylor, AJ Brimson, Nathan Peats and captain Ryan James sitting on the sideline simply to call a number of, it was Mitch Rein and Tyrone Roberts who stood as much as management the present.
Rein proved precisely how invaluable he will likely be off the bench for the Titans in 2019, whereas Roberts kicking sport already seems like being the right foil for Taylor to guide the aspect across the park as soon as the common season arrives.
Members of their ahead pack had been additionally good, with the thrilling prop Moeaki Fotuaika profiting from his alternative to begin the sport.
Regardless of the Titans early going, it was the Cowboys who opened the scoring via Clifford himself as he burnt the line of defense.
The Titans wasted no time hitting again although, with Jesse Arthars benefiting off the great work of
Rein and Cartwright, who dumped a cross inside and put him into a giant hole.
Cartwright had a rocks and diamonds sport, making a number of important errors, but in addition placing on some good performs and operating the ball laborious, so there was sufficient there to counsel he’ll play an element for the Titans this 12 months.
The scoring continued shortly afterwards as a pleasant play put via Te Maire Martin within the 26th minute. Whereas Clifford dominated, Martin additionally performed strongly when he was given the prospect, and Paul Inexperienced could be no nearer to a solution within the halves after tonight.
Rein continued on his good first half to attain the ultimate factors of the opening 40, dummying and slicing via the road to tie issues up on the break.
The second half was a present of fringe first graders because the Cowboys ultimately got here away with the win via Clifford’s tries, however a few of their forwards – Mitch Dunn, Shane Wright and Thomas Gilbert particularly – had been all wonderful.
The Cowboys tackle the Storm subsequent week, whereas the Titans play the Broncos forward of their respective Spherical 1 matches in opposition to the Dragons and Raiders respectively.