Rugby League

Melbourne Storm v Gold Coast Titans

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The Gold Coast's win puts them on top of the table, while Melbourne could drop out of the eight if the Tigers beat Manly this afternoon. That's all from us this afternoon, folks; thanks again for your company.

GOLD COAST 28 (K Gordon A Kelly D Mead M Minichiello B Tighe tries G Bird 4 goals) bt MELBOURNE 26 (S Waqa 2 K Bromwich W Chambers tries C Smith 5 goals) at AAMI Park. Referees: Ben Cummins, Brett Suttor. Crowd: 11,930.

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80 min: GOAL! Bird puts the Titans back in front. 28-26

79 min: Storm penalised for stripping the ball, and the crowd aren't happy. Neither will Craig Bellamy, it could have gone either way. Bird has a penalty goal attempt to win it.

76 min: Kelly's field goal is knocked down and deflects back to the Storm.

74 min: Penalty to the Titans out wide near the Storm line but they turn down the chance to go for goal.

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71 min: Storm receive another penalty and Smith levels the scores. 26-26

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70 min: Titans hooker Beau Falloon on report for a lifting tackle on Chambers, who thankfully seems OK. Storm penalty.

69 min: Great effort by Mead to get out of his in-goal after a Slater kick. Last thing the Titans needed was another set of six to the Storm.

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60 min: The Storm just refuse to go away . . . Chambers finishes a superb passing rush and Smith's sideline conversion is a ripper. TITANS 26-24

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55 min: The tit-for-tat nature of the second half continues as Mark Minichiello crashes over. Bird adds the extras. TITANS 26-18

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48 min: The Storm close the gap to two points again as Smith and Cronk combine to put Kenny Bromwich over. Smith converts. TITANS 20-18

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44 min: Great start by the Titans - Albert Kelly intercepts a Ben Hampton pass and races 45 metres to score. Bird converts. TITANS 20-12

41 min: Two-point leaders the Titans kick off to resume the second half.

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The Titans go into the break with a 14-12 lead, having scored three tries to two.

39 min: Disappointment for the Storm as Waqa almost makes it three tries but is unable to hang on to a difficult flick pass from Will Chambers.

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31 min: The Titans regain the lead thanks to a try by David Mead, who plucks an Anthony Don crosskick out of Slater's fingers and scores between the sticks. Bird converts. Four tries from kicks already today! Pumas superboot Hugo Porta would be proud. TITANS 14-12

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Blow for the Titans with Tighe ruled out of the remainder of the match because of a shoulder injury he suffered while scoring.

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24 min: The Cronk-Waqa combination strikes again as Waqa crosses for his second try from a Cronk kick. Smith converts. STORM 12-8

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18 min: And just like that, the Titans hit the lead after a try to centre Brad Tighe. But after brilliantly outleaping Billy Slater for a bomb and throwing a superb pass as he was falling to the ground, Gordon deserves most of the credit. Bird is astray again with the kick. TITANS 8-6

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16 min: The Titans hit back with a try to winger Kevin Gordon. Fill-in kicker Greg Bird's conversion attempt is well wide. Will goalkicking be the difference today? STORM 6-4

Winger Kevin Gordon beats Sisa Waqa to score the Titans' first try.
Winger Kevin Gordon beats Sisa Waqa to score the Titans' first try. Photo: Getty Images
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