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NRL Match Report: Raiders suffer Titans defeat

The Canberra Raiders suffered a disappointing 44-6 loss to the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday night at GIO Stadium.

The Raiders started the night off strong with some powerful sets forcing some strong field position. Origin performer Josh Papalii led the way from the middle creating some opportunities for the men in green with multiple offloads.

But it was the Titans who were first to look to score when winger Phillip Sami made a dash downfield, but a great cover tackle by Dunamis Lui saved the Raiders from any trouble.

A six-again penalty on the line in the next play against the Raiders gave the Titans a greater opportunity to attack. Titans forward David Fifita crashed through opening the scoring for the evening at 6-0 after a successful conversion.

With 10 minutes to go in the first half Titans try scorer, David Fifita was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes for unnecessary contact on Sam Williams.

Despite being one man down, the Titans were able to break through the middle giving themselves another chance to attack the line.

Capitalising on the field position, forward Kevin Proctor was able to find the line extending the Titans lead to 10-0.

Just minutes later the Titans found the line once again, this time it was a scoot and spin from dummy half by Moeaki Fotuaika which made it 16-0.

Titans half Jamal Fogarty was the next to dive over in the last minute of the first half to make it 22-0 as they headed into halftime.

In the 46th minute of play, the Titans once again found the line after a strong start to the second half giving them a 28-0 lead.

A tough high ball in goal to the Raiders was lost which saw the Titans dive on the ball to score taking the lead to 34-0 with 28 minutes remaining.

Bailey Simosson created an opportunity for the Raiders when he broke through the line to run 50 metres downfield.

In the 56th minute, Sam Williams found a hole and was able to get over for the Raiders first night in his millstone 100th game. Returning captain and kicker Jarrod Croker converted putting the Raiders into the game 6-34.

But the Titans proved to be good finding space on their left edge for another six points taking the score to 40-6.

The Raiders were unable to stop the Titans roll, with them scoring another try to make it 44-6.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.