Electric Ponga can’t stop Gold Coast
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.