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Titans hang on to down Broncos

By Wayne Heming 18/04/2008 11:48:14 PM Comments (0)

Fullback Karmichael Hunt will undergo scans on Saturday on his left knee, injured during Brisbane's tense 26-24 loss to the Gold Coast at Skilled Park.

And in a further blow to the Broncos, Test centre Justin Hodges was put on report for his 25th minute lifting tackle on Titans five-eighth Ashley Harrison.

The Gold Coast maintained its unbeaten record at Skilled Park, roared home in the dying minutes by a ground record 27,176 crowd.

After racing out to a 16-0 lead on the back of two tries to curly-haired winger Matt Peterson, the Titans survived a do-or-die finish by the Broncos.

Brisbane closed to within two points when NSW Origin half-back hopeful Peter Wallace scored a converted try in the 77th minute to set-up a nail-biting finish to the southern Queensland derby.

"They never know when they're beaten, I love their courage," said losing coach Wayne Bennett.

Bennett said Hunt's latest leg injury could be "cartilage" and confirmed he would have scans to identify the damage.

Titans half-back Scott Prince, who was playing for the Broncos a few years ago, kept the heat on Australian selectors three weeks out from the Centenary Test against New Zealand, featuring prominently in four of his teams five tries.

Asked if Prince had come back to haunt him again Bennett said: "He's been haunting everybody".

Brisbane came out in the second half and laid on a spectacular try off their own goal line, centre Steve Michaels scorching down the left touch line before off-loading a perfectly timed inside pass to Darius Boyd.

Titans coach John Cartwright admitted he was never comfortable even though his side was 12 points up midway through the second half.

"You can't take your eye off Brisbane for one second, they have strike players everywhere," said Cartwright.

"I can't be too critical of the few things we did to help them back in the game. It's funny how these big games always find a way to end up nail-biters."

Cartwright had plenty of praise for pint-sized fullback Preston Campbell who delivered his coach his best game of the season with regular five-eighth Mat Rogers in the stands suspended.

The diminutive Campbell injected himself into the attack causing Brisbane's defence nightmares.

"Without a doubt that was his best," an enthused Cartwright said.

"He's been threatening Mat for a long time. I had a feeling one was just around the corner."

Cartwright also complimented Peterson, describing the scrawny West Australian born as a "street fighter".

Peterson's hat trick of tries was his second for the club and one he will long remember in front of the biggest crowd to watch a rugby league game on the Gold Coast.

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