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Bird relieved after pressure kick

Matthew Sadler 03/04/2011 10:24:13 AM Comments (0)

Gold Coast five-eighth Greg Bird was a relieved man after Saturday night's 23-22 golden point win over Canberra at Canberra Stadium.

The Raiders appeared headed for victory as they held onto a six point lead, before Matt Orford knocked the ball on from a scrum in the final minute and gave the Gold Coast one last chance.

Titans second-rower Anthony Laffranchi took that chance to score a vital try, and it was up to Bird to kick the conversion to put the game into extra time.

He did so and it wasn't long into the golden point period that he made a wobbly attempt at field goal.

It wasn't pretty, but it went between the posts, giving the desperate Titans their first win of the season.

"I was more worried about the conversion from the front to be honest," confessed Bird after the game.

"It was one of those ones that really could have gone either way. It was very lucky in the end."

Regardless of any luck, Bird was full of praise his team's effort.

The Titans rallied despite the late withdrawal of halfback Scott Prince before the game and losing his replacement Preston Campbell to a knee injury in the second half.

"Tonight, we were on the right side of the scoreboard and it was definitely on the back of our defence and our yardage," Bird said.

Despite starting the season with three losses, Bird said he knew what the Titans could do if they applied themselves.

"We've been guilty in the first two rounds of leaking too many points," he said.

"Any team can turn their season around with a bit of hard work, and hopefully our season is just starting."

Buoyed by finally breaking their duck, the Titans will be looking for win number two when they travel to Townsville for a Friday night blockbuster against Johnathan Thurston and the North Queensland Cowboys.

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