Australia Fifita stars as Titans thump Dragons

10:08  25 july  2021
10:08  25 july  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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David Fifita ’s first NRL career hat-trick ignited Gold Coast’s thumping 42-16 victory over Newcastle at Cbus Super Stadium as the Titans turned on the razzle-dazzle to stamp themselves as the new entertainers of the NRL. Fifita added yet more brilliance and brute force to his growing NRL highlights reel with a dominant performance to score three tries, while Corey Thompson and Patrick Herbert bagged doubles, and lock Tyrone Peachey was back to his breathtaking best in the eight tries to three win in front of 12,492 fans. It was a Titans performance that had it all.

Fifita , who featured in an NRL Magic Round video promotion unveiled by head of football Graham Annesley on Monday, would have been a drawcard for the weekend's final game at his old stomping ground. The seventh-placed Gold Coast's task to topple Penrith is even tougher without Fifita given he has scored nine tries in nine appearances The Titans referred to an incident from last year - in which Rabbitohs fullback Latrell Mitchell received a grade-one careless high tackle charge for a similar shot on Wests Tigers second-rower Luke Garner - as evidence that a grade-two ruling was too harsh for Fifita .

Cody Ramsay will have nightmares about David Fifita after he was monstered by the Gold Coast star in St George Illawarra's 32-10 NRL loss.

a group of football players on a field: David Fifita of the Titans scores a try during his impressive afternoon against St George Illawarra. © Darren England/AAP PHOTOS David Fifita of the Titans scores a try during his impressive afternoon against St George Illawarra.

After a sorry performance for the Titans last week, the Queensland Origin second-rower was idling on the bench for 23 minutes against the Dragons before he was unleashed for impact.

The surprise tactic worked a treat for coach Justin Holbrook who has struggled to get consistency out of his marquee signing this season.

Fifita terrorised centre Ramsay and halfback Ben Hunt on the Dragons' left edge and was on the field for just 11 minutes when he bumped them both off to score a freakish solo try.

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Fifita justified his .5m three-year defection from the Broncos to the Titans with a starring role in the five-tries-to-three victory that extended Brisbane's club record losing streak to 13 games. The 21-year-old back-rower set the 17,822 crowd alight at Robina with his strong runs, often attracting three or four defenders as he overpowered the Broncos defence. He breezed past some feeble defence to score his first try in Titans colours in the 33rd minute, a moment that turned the game from an arm wrestle into a smash-up as the Titans scored twice more before the end of the half to rack up three tries in a

David Fifita isn't shy in saying he's aiming for a "top eight, top four" finish in his first season as a Titan . The former Broncos second-rower, who fronted the media in Gold Coast colours on Friday, said he felt "no pressure" despite joining the club on multimillion dollar three-year contract. He will officially begin training with the team on Monday but has already been working with Titans medical staff to rehab the ankle and knee injuries that restricted him to nine matches this year. The 20-year-old Maroons representative is confident about 2021 with the Gold Coast, who are coming off an improved

He was denied a second under the sticks early in the second half after he was stripped by Jack Bird, but in the next set he steamrolled Ramsay to set up Greg Marzhew with a flick pass to put the Titans ahead 18-6.

The 21-year-old finished with a whopping eight tackle-breaks, two linebreaks, a try, a try-assist and 111 metres in the important victory.

"Possibly, yeah," Holbrook said when asked if he'd play Fifita in a similar way over the last six games.

"We had our first chance at it today and it worked well which is a good sign.

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"The impact that he brings is massive for us, he's such a good player and we've got to be smart with how we use him."

It's the first time this season the Titans have beaten a top eight side.

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The off-contract Fifita is expected to decide between joining the Titans or staying with the Broncos in the coming days. Haas will back him whichever way he decides to go but has also been whispering his own advice in Fifita 's ears. The duo are close mates after coming through the ranks together at rugby league Haas was signed to the Titans as a youth and is aware of the .25 million carrot that has been dangled in front of Fifita for a one-year deal, well above the 0,000 ceiling the Broncos have put on their offer. "I think we all know how special he is and obviously we want him at the club.

Gold Coast star David Fifita faces an anxious wait to learn if he will be charged by the NRL match review committee after being forced to watch from the sin bin as the Titans hung on to beat West Tigers 36-28 at Campbelltown Stadium. With Gold Coast down to 12 men, Doueihi grabbed a late try but there wasn’t enough time left on the clock for the Tigers to snatch an unlikely victory and the Titans ended a three-match losing streak to climb into seventh position. However, Gold Coast coach Justin Holbrook is hoping Fifita and lock Tyrone Peachey, who was placed on report for a shoulder charge

The victory was crucial for the Titans to stay in touch with the top eight but came as a double blow for the Dragons who will quickly need to find form among a log-jam of teams fighting for two finals spots.

A career-first double from Jarrod Wallace heaped more punishment on the Dragons' middle defence, while rookie Titans halfback Toby Sexton had a dream debut.

Filling in for Jamal Fogarty, the 20-year-old scored an opportunistic try midway through the second half and was calm with the boot to kick six from six conversions.

His bombs also put pressure on Dragons fullback Matt Dufty who had a tough afternoon under the high ball.

Just a 68 per cent completion rate stifled any chance of meaningful attack from the Dragons who had even share of the ball but couldn't use it.

Hunt and Jordan Pereira were the two try-scorers for the Dragons, who now face an uphill battle to stay in the top eight with Canberra and Cronulla closing in.

The seventh-placed Dragons now face South Sydney twice, the Raiders, Penrith, Sydney Roosters and North Queensland to close out the season.

"It is tough, but NRL seasons are tough and ours has been particularly tough with some of the things we've had to go through, but it's only going to make us stronger and better, we've just got to keep going with it," Dragons coach Anthony Griffin said.

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