Titans suffer record defeat

06 August 2017 22:00:43 GMTPlus10

Brisbane Broncos handed Queensland rivals Gold Coast a record thrashing at Cbus Super Stadium.

Wayne Bennett's side ran out 54-0 winners as Ben Hunt scored three tries and set up two more. Hunt played superbly in his 60 minutes in the hooking role, taking over from the injured Andrew McCullough.

The Titans were not only embarrassed in front of their own fans - suffering their heaviest-ever loss - but finished the game with star halfback Ash Taylor off the field after he hurt his knee in the second half.

Brisbane face a nervous time as bench forward Joe Ofahengaue was placed on report for a dangerous tackle.

The visitors pulled away from Gold Coast after the interval, with 38 points, starting with Hunt's second try of the game when he collected his own kick to cross next to the posts.

The Titans controlled the first 20 minutes but couldn't turn their 63 per cent of possession into points and Brisbane broke the deadlock on 25 minutes when Kodi Nikorima dummied past Max King and Joe Greenwood to score a try that Jordan Kahu converted.

Tautau Moga's excellent offload gave Corey Oates a try on his return to the side and then, after Oates had sprinted 50 metres down the field, Hunt scooted from dummy half to score on the stroke of half-time, Kahu's conversion making it 16-0 at the break.

After Hunt's second try, James Roberts ended a move involving Anthony Milford and Tevita Pangai Junior by going over, then Milford scored his first try of the night in the 62nd minute to make it 32-0.

Hunt completed his treble three minutes later, scoring under the posts after supporting halfback Nikorima. He then broke the Titans' line from deep in his own half and dished to Oates who ran 60 metres to score his second try of the game.

Nikorima scored a 90-metre try with just minutes to go and Josh McGuire crossed untouched to grab his second try of the season.

Brisbane are 1.52 to win their next game against the Sharks, who are 2.60. The Broncos are 1.93 conceding a six-point start.

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