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The Titans snapped a five-game losing streak and escaped with a 20-16 victory over the Dragons just a minute from Golden Point.

Jamayne Isaako crossed into the corner for the game-winning try after nine error-riddled Golden Point minutes that included several field goal attempts.

The Titans started off on the right foot, opening the scoring in the sixth minute through AJ Brimson.

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They had a golden opportunity when Dragons veteran Josh McGuire was convicted of professional misconduct.

But the Dragons not only held off the Titans, they scored.

St George Illawarra received a penalty and ignored calls from the bench to shoot on goal and it paid off. Ben Hunt backed up and threw a long pass to Moses Suli who dispatched winger Mat Feagai for a four-pointer.

However, the Titans fired back at Toby Sexton’s boot just seven minutes later to take the lead.

Sexton put in a grubber for Beau Fermor who came out of nowhere to ground the ball. Dragons full-back Tyrell Sloan didn’t buy the grounding and won the ball to run 70 yards before being dragged down by opposing No 1 Jayden Campbell.

It ended up being a waste as the bunker eventually awarded Fermor the try.

The Dragons responded with a try and a penalty. It looked like they were going to get away with the win until Jarrod Wallace crashed out in the 73rd minute.

The match took place in Golden Point and dragged on for nine minutes until Isaako passed for the match winner.

3 GREAT BLOWS

TITANS ARE TRUMPS IN THE ‘ROLLERCOASTER’ FINISH

The Titans came out on top in what turned out to be one of the most exciting finishes to a game this season.

It took nine minutes from Golden Point for the game-winning runs to be scored. There were several field goal attempts, two errors from Tyrell Sloan and forwards from Ben Hunt, Talatau Amone and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui before Jamayne Isaako finally crossed into the corner.

Fox League commentator Andrew Voss summed it up nicely, saying, “What a rollercoaster this is…it’s been exhausting.”

Greg Alexander shared the sentiment.

“What an amazing finish it was,” he said.

“An incredible Golden Point period where you have to say the placement setups weren’t the best on either side.”

Cooper Cronk was equally stunned by the finish.

“I know there’s an epic Panthers and Storm game just around the corner, but it was an absolute crack,” he said.

“Two teams that were a bit under pressure, Jayden Campbell is coming back from a long injury layoff and settling in this moment, jumping outside and Jamayne Isaako, who had plenty of chances to win this game with his right foot, gets outside the Dragons defense.

“Don’t we have good finishers in this competition because Jamayne Isaako, congratulations, you just iced the game for your club.”

Man of the moment Isaako spoke of the “incredible” moment after the game, conceding it was “now or never” for the Titans.

“The boys just told me to stay on the wing. I had two field goal attempts and I missed them both so we were going to try and I was lucky to get the pass from AJ,” he said.

“I saw pretty much their whole team come in and thought if I didn’t support myself with that corner, it was now or never.”

THE RETURN OF CAMPBELL’S “EXCEPTIONAL” TITANS

Jayden Campbell returned to the Titans’ 17 for the first time since Round 3 and Benji Marshall believes the young fullback had an immediate impact on his teammates.

“The inclusion of Jayden Campbell, for me, was exceptional,” Marshall said.

“He added a lot to their offense, Sexton’s kicking game was great and they put a lot of pressure on – something we haven’t seen (in a while).

“I think he takes the pressure off AJ Brimson or Toby Sexton who have to find something special on offense and he just slides through the park.

“He’s not a player who usually has to play to a game plan, he just plays for the contest and what he sees. That’s what I like about him. »

Campbell finished the game with 217 running yards, 11 jump tackles and a line break. Meanwhile, Sexton also reaped the rewards of Campbell’s presence with the young No.7 setting up two tries and also getting two assists.

The 22-year-old was a headache for the Dragons all night, but when he ran through five players and went 55 yards in the second half, he really put the pressure on.

“That’s so good from Jayden Campbell. That kid has gone through five defenders – it’s so exciting,” Fox League commentator Andrew Voss said.

“I love the acceleration that Jayden Campbell has brought to this contest,” Cooper Cronk said.

“Whether he’s accelerating down the line or sweeping out the back, he moves fast and puts the Dragons’ front end defense under all kinds of pressure.

“It’s his first game after a rib injury and he didn’t hesitate. He’s gone to find some contacts and he’s getting into this game. It was an exceptional comeback from Jayden Campbell.

Campbell’s fingerprints were truly on the game from start to finish – including in the lead up to the winning try.

“Jayden Campbell has definitely made a difference for the Titans,” Corey Parker said.

“We’ve missed him for the last few weeks, he shows up tonight and puts on some amazing plays for his team.”

DRAGONS FIND THEIR ‘GOAL-LINE GRIT’

The Dragons conceded seven tries last week against the Storm, but it looks like they learned a hard lesson from that 42-6 loss as they showed an incredible amount of ‘goal line’ courage early against the Titans.

The Titans had five repeated sets in 16 minutes early in the game, but the Dragons held them back each time despite the surprising stats in favor of Gold Coast.

The Titans had 90% possession in that span, 93% territory and 21 tackles inside of the Dragons’ 20.

“The Dragons have been resilient, they’re doing exactly what Anthony Griffin would like to see,” Cooper Cronk said.

“After their poor performance last week against the Melbourne Storm, they are showing courage on the goal line.”

Josh McGuire was then sent to sin-bin for professional misconduct in an untimely blow for the Dragons. But not only did they hold off the Titans, they scored their own try.

Greg Alexander was impressed with how the Red V managed to manage the game while being one man down.

“The fact that McGuire was off the field (when the Dragons scored) they absorbed time very smartly during that time,” he said.

TEAMS

Titans: 1. Jayden Campbell 19. Corey Thompson 2. Phillip Sami 4. Esan Marsters 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. AJ Brimson 7. Toby Sexton 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Erin Clark 10. Jarrod Wallace 11. Isaac Liu 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Sam Lisone 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Sam McIntyre. Substitute player: 21 Jaimin Joliffe

Dragoons: 21. Tyrell Sloan 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Francis Molo 1. Moses Mbye 15. Blake Lawrie 11. Jack Bird 12. Josh McGuire 10. Jack de Belin 13. Tariq Sims 14. Jayden Sullivan 16. Aaron Woods 20. Jack Gosiewski. Substitute player: 19. Cody Ramsey

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