The Jetstar Gold Coast Titans’ SG Ball side produced a gutsy comeback to score a 28-12 win over Western Suburbs in the opening round of the under-18s competition at the weekend.
A half-time rev-up from coach Jamie O’Connor gave the side the lift it needed as the Titans came from 12-nil down to score 28 unanswered points and notch a spirited win on debut.
Five-eighth Michael Parker-Walshe scored two of the Titans’ five tries, while lock Tyson Skyring also impressed.
Earlier in the day, the Titans’ Harold Mathews side looked on track to score a win in their first ever competition game before being overrun by the Magpies 26-12.
The Titans started the match well to lead 12-10 at half-time through tries to captain Jack Durheim and James Dunley, but the competition newcomers were unable to go on with the job in the final 40 minutes.
However, there were some encouraging signs for the Titans, who will no doubt benefit from the experience of their first away game.
Both sides now take on St George at Boyd Street, Tugun, on Saturday.
ROUND 1 RESULTS
- SG BALL: GOLD COAST TITANS 28 (Michael Parker-Walshe 2, Rowen Klein, Guy Borgas, Ryan James tries; Jackson Springer 4 goals) defeated WESTERN SUBURBS MAGPIES 12.
- HAROLD MATTHEWS: WESTERN SUBURBS 26 defeated GOLD COAST TITANS 12 (James Dunley, Jack Durheim tries; Jack Sands 2 goals).