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Titans winger reels in lofted pass with one-handed catch to complete hat-trick in upset win over Sea Eagles

Cellar dwellers Gold Coast have eased pressure on under-fire coach Garth Brennan with a 36-18 NRL win over Manly as the Sea Eagles' bubble burst at Lottoland on Friday.

Dale Copley scored a hat-trick but five-eighth Tyrone Roberts was the hero, orchestrating the Titan's fightback as they broke a four-game losing streak.

A day earlier, the Titans announced Mal Meninga would undertake a full review of their football department and the side responded with just their third victory of the season to release the pressure valve on Brennan.

"They were just determined to get a result tonight and the board and the review and the stuff that's been made (public) this week, it's not a newsflash to us, that's the industry we're in," Brennan said.

"I've got to focus on what my job is. I don't lie awake worrying about my tenure and my job, if I do that then I lose focus on what my job is and that's to coach the footy team. I lie awake at night thinking of ways to win."

After the the Sea Eagles rushed out to a 12-0 lead, Copley kick-started the fightback before fullback AJ Brimson produced a piece of brilliance when he beat Brendan Elliott to a Roberts grubber by a fingernail to get things back on level pegging.

Halves Roberts - who bagged a double and set up another two - and Ash Taylor were instrumental in the fightback in which the Titans scored 26 unanswered points.

Roberts gave his side the lead when he combined with Taylor before former Sea Eagle Brian Kelly popped a miracle flick pass to give Copley his second.

Taylor then came up with the play of the night when he fired a 25-metre Harbour Bridge pass - which cut out four teammates - to give Copley his third as the Titans went up 26-12.

Brad Parker brought his side back into the contest when he reduced the margin to eight with 15 minutes remaining but Bryce Cartwright and Roberts tries sealed the win.

The Sea Eagles were shaping as the fairytale story of the season after winning six of their previous eight to find themselves entrenched in the top eight, but they were uncharacteristically poor in defence and continually handed opportunities to their opposition.

"I thought we were a little bit down on those effort areas," Manly coach Des Hasler said.

"Our kicking game was a little poor. We didn't give ourselves a chance with field position.

"Possession was ludicrous, we didn't control possession enough. We didn't control possession enough, it was nearly 60-40, it's just not feasible to try and win games off the back of that."


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