NRL 2019: Titans down Panthers to record first win of the season

Gold Coast have found their attacking flourish to open their NRL account in a 30-24 defeat of Penrith.   

A 66th-minute penalty try to Bryce Cartwright was the difference, as both sides traded blows in a free-flowing clash on the Gold Coast.

Points had deserted the Titans in four losses to start the season, but they piled them on in Robina to ease the pressure on coach Garth Brennan and restore some faith, after the club's worst start to their campaign.

And they did it despite the first-half loss of a hobbled halfback Ashley Taylor, with AJ Brimson slotting in effectively alongside ringleader Tyrone Roberts.   

The Titans had scored just eight first-half points all season, but led 18-12 at the break on the back of 90 percent completion and 20 missed Penrith tackles.   

Roberts was the architect, with his probing runs and deft kicking, while a short Taylor kick set Roberts up for his side's first try.   

A blockbusting Viliame Kikau carried four men over to keep the Panthers close, before tries to James Fisher-Harris and Josh Mansour - set up by a slick Nathan Cleary offload - put the visitors ahead.   

Jarrod Wallace had the Titans' reply and followed it up with a shoulder charge that sparked a heated final 20 minutes.   

But Gold Coast took control, with a runaway Brimson cruelled by the bounce of the ball, after a Tyrone Peachey cross-field kick.   

They weren't denied a second time, with Dale Copley's chip in behind looked good for a try, before Tyrell Fuimaono tackled Cartwright without the ball.   

The fact Cartwright couldn't ground the ball cleanly meant it was a penalty try, allowing Michael Gordon to slot the points from in front in his 250th NRL game and leave Penrith with a 2-3 to start the season.   

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