Elec­tric Ponga can’t stop Gold Coast

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL - TRAVIS MEYN

KA­LYN Ponga con­tin­ued his sen­sa­tional au­di­tion for a Queens­land Ori­gin jersey but Gold Coast rookie AJ Brim­son was the hero as the Ti­tans snapped a five­match los­ing streak yes­ter­day.

Brim­son scored the match­win­ner in his sec­ond NRL game af­ter the Ti­tans de­fied the NRL’s far­ci­cal penalty crack­down to beat New­cas­tle 33-26 at Cbus Su­per Sta­dium.

Ponga scored a long-range try and looked dan­ger­ous in pos­ses­sion as he con­tin­ued his won­der­ful first sea­son at the Knights.

The Ti­tans, who played with one man down for a 19-minute pe­riod, fought back in front of 11,008 to record their first win since round five.

“It was char­ac­ter-build­ing,” Ti­tans coach Garth Bren­nan said.

“The boys be­lieve in each other. In times gone by they may have lost that game.”

The Knights looked to be on the way to their sixth win of the sea­son when Ponga raced 95m to give New­cas­tle a 26-18 lead af­ter 62 min­utes.

But tries to winger An­thony Don and five-eighth Brim­son got the Ti­tans back into the lead be­fore half­back Ash Tay­lor iced the seven-point win with a 78th minute field goal.

“AJ has done his time, he is per­form­ing well and it is up to him to lose his spot,” Bren­nan said.

“I sent the mes­sage out to start run­ning a bit more and he did that. I thought Ash was enor­mous.”

Ka­lyn Ponga on the at­tack for New­cas­tle.

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