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NRL magic round | Gold Coast v St George Illawarra


An 89th-minute try from winger Jamayne Isaako gave Gold Coast their third win of the season as the Titans beat St George Illawarra 20-16 in diabolical conditions at Suncorp Stadium.

In the pouring rain, both teams failed to land field goal attempts during the golden point, but it was a mistake by the Dragons with just two minutes left on the clock that gave the Titans the chance to steal the win.

A field goal attempt by Toby Sexton was charged by his counterpart, Ben Hunt, and as the Dragons’ five-eighth Talatau Amone tried to clean up the loose ball just yards from his try line, he lost control, giving the Titans a scrum. center field.

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They went right, with Jayden Campbell avoiding Hunt’s tackle to create an overlap, before finding AJ Brimson and eventually Isaako, who scored the winner in the corner despite being eyed by two Dragons defenders.

“Right now (it means) everything,” Titans coach Justin Holbrook said.

“We all know we’ve just suffered five defeats and I thought the game, in difficult conditions, was really good.

“I don’t think it’s a low game. I felt like we looked the most dangerous, but you never know.

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“Getting the try at the end with a golden point was exactly what we needed.”

Josh McGuire’s 250th scoring game in the NRL ended in disappointment, convicted in the first half for professional misconduct and then a groin injury that ended his night.

Dragons coach Anthony Griffin was frustrated with his team’s inability to keep the Titans away.

“We dominated the game in the second half, but we just found a way to keep inviting them back,” Griffin said.

“You get beaten by a fingernail in the 90th minute, that’s hard to swallow.”

“There are a lot of lessons for all of us, as a club, to make sure that when we are in those positions we can close them.

“To put a lot into a game and be this close to a win, we have to learn how to finish that.”

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