Hayne hurt but Titans still surprise Storm
QUEENSLAND’S big three fired and Jarryd Hayne limped off the field as Gold Coast produced a thrilling upset to shock Melbourne in an epic last night.
Konrad Hurrell became a Gold Coast hero in a night of drama which had major ramifications for the State of Origin series.
Blues coach Laurie Daley will be sweating on the availability of Hayne with game one of the series looming on May 31.
Hayne limped from the field with 13 minutes to go after suffering a nerve problem in his left knee which coach Neil Henry said was unlikely to be serious.
But the night belonged to the Titans, who notched their first win at Suncorp Stadium since 2012 against the competition leaders to keep their season alive.
With just one fit player left on the bench, the Titans looked gone when trailing 36-28 with six minutes to go after Melbourne posted three quick tries.
But winger Anthony Don produced a miracle play for Hurrell to score, giving the Gold Coast their third straight win and one of the best in the club’s 11 NRL seasons.
“It was a real rollercoaster for both teams,” Henry said. “The boys just hung in and found a way to get that result in the back end of the game.’’
You couldn’t wipe the smile off Maroons coach Kevin Walters’ face when Melbourne led 18-6 after Queensland trio Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater had combined in stunning fashion.
But the Titans hit back with quick tries to Leivaha Pulu and Don before Hurrell and Chris McQueen scored.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy later lashed his side’s defensive performance.
“We pride ourselves on defence and I can’t remember a poorer defensive effort than what we put up tonight since I’ve been here,” he said.
SHARKS prop Matt Prior faces a week on the sideline after being cited for a shoulder charge on the Dragons Joel Thompson on Friday night. He will miss a week with an early guilty plea but risks a two games with a loss at the judiciary.