Titans down Warriors in Anzac Day clash

AUCKLAND – Coach Neil Henry has praised what he called a brave defensive display after the Gold Coast held out a late Warriors comeback to continue their NRL momentum.

Impressive rookie halfback Kane Elgey grabbed a double as the Titans closed out a 32-28 Anzac Day victory in Auckland.

The result made it four wins in five matches for the Titans, who cracked 30 points for the third successive week, and it also snapped the Queenslanders’ eight-game losing steak against the Warriors.

The visitors, who produced plenty of expansive play, took control in the second half with four unanswered tries — to Kierran Moseley, James Roberts, Elgey and dominant second rower Ryan James.

Roberts, the season’s leading tryscorer, took his tally to nine in eight matches.

Henry admitted to some nervous moments as Solomone Kata and Bodene Thompson dotted down to get the Warriors within sight of victory with two minutes to go.

“It was a pretty brave performance,” he said.

“There were parts of the second half when we defended our line really well.”

Henry said that set the Titans up for their late effort in repelling the Warriors’ final push.

“We had to hang in and really put a couple of good sets together, a couple of desperate sets, at the back end of the game,” he said.

“That’s another experience for us, to be able to shut out a game and we’ll put that in the memory back for later.”

The win could come at a cost, with lock Greg Bird put on report early in the second half for a high shot on NSW Origin teammate Ryan Hoffman, who was helped off the field.

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden lamented his side’s own defensive frailties as they failed to take advantage of an 18-12 halftime lead.

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