Warriors fall to Titans in Toowoomba

An inexperienced Warriors suffered a 12-22 loss to Gold Coast in their first NRL trial of the season in front of 7,000 fans at Toowoomba last night. 

With just six players with NRL experience the Stacey Jones-coached side led twice but could not hold on as Titans winger Shaun Hudson took the lead early in the second half then added a fourth try inside the final 10 minutes.

Warriors centre Dominique Peyroux opened the scoring against his former club, halfback Api Pewhairangi converting his try for a 6-0 lead.

The Titans countered through wing Leva Li, who scored in the right-hand corner. Kane Elgey was on target from the touchline to leave the sides locked at 6-6 after the first quarter.

The next 20 minutes played out in an identical manner.

Just minutes in the Warriors engineered a try for big prop Nathaniel Peteru off the back of a penalty. Pewhairangi again converted to restore a six-point advantage.

Once more the Titans levelled, though, this time through the seasoned Tighe with Elgey providing the extras to even the contest up at 12-12 going into halftime.

With plenty of personnel changes on both sides, the score remained unchanged until close to the end of the third quarter when wing Shaun Hudson went across in the left-hand corner. Jamal Fogarty converted, the Titans leading the contest for the first time.

They protected their advantage and in the 72nd minute extended to a 22-12 lead when hooker Christian Hazard scored off a chip kick.

Gold Coast Titans 22 (Leva Li, Brad Tighe, Shaun Hudson, Christian Hazard tries; Kane Elgey 2 conversions; Jamal Fogarty conversion).

Warriors 12 (Dominique Peyroux, Nathaniel Peteru tries; Api Pewhairangi 2 conversions).


Warriors | Viliami Kaveinga; Jarrod Tua, Matt Allwood, Dominique Peyroux, Paul Ulberg; Sam Cook, Api Pewhairangi; Charlie Gubb, Nathaniel Roache, Albert Vete; Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Matiu Love-Henry; John Palavi (c). Interchange: Marata Niukore, Nathaniel Peteru, Upu Poching, Toafofoa Sipley, Saula Solomona, Stedman Lefau, Willie Peace, Zac Tippins, Ata Hingano, James Bell.

Titans | Anthony Don; Kalifa Faifai Loa, Jamie Dowling, Davin Crampton, Leva Li; Jamal Fogarty, Kane Elgey; David Hala, Christian Hazard, Matt White (c); Jai Ingram, Matt Robinson; Ben Ridge. Interchange: Mark Ioane, Damien Sironen, Ryan James, Kierran Moseley, James Roberts, Ryan Simpkins, Brad Tighe, Matt Srama, Agnatius Paasi, Connor Broadhurst, Lachlan Burr, Mark Offerdahl, Shaun Hudson.

Charlie Gubb of the Warriors

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