Reynolds goes past 2,000 as Titans squander golden chance to upset Broncos by biting their nails

Adam Reynolds became the eighth player in Premiership history to reach 2,000 points as the Broncos held off the Titans in a thriller at Cbus Super Stadium.

The Gold Coast had a golden chance to steal the two competition points from their local rivals, but Phil Sami fumbled the ball over the line 10 minutes from full time and Brisbane hung on for a 16- 12.

Brisbane reclaimed fifth place and remain in the hunt for a top-four spot going into the final seven rounds, while Titans’ slightly less terrible for-and-against record is the only thing keeping them ahead of the Wests Tigers in the battle to avoid the wooden spoon.

They’re now 11-6 for the season, meaning they’ve racked up more wins in 2022 than their combined tally from their previous two seasons.

Broncos forward Jordan Riki was blamed for a high shot on Titans debutant JoJo Fifita midway through the first half.

The scoring stalemate was broken in the 29th minute after full-back AJ Brimson delivered a long-range kick return that led new five-eight Tanah Boyd to win the run against a small grubber behind the line of halfback Toby Sexton.

Brisbane left it late but finally fought back seconds from the siren when winger Deloise Hoeter picked up a cut pass from Reynolds to dive into the corner.

After a minor scuffle between several players, Reynolds clinched the sideline to make it 6-6 at the break.

TItans stalwart Jaimin Jolliffe rolled to the boards four minutes into the restart and despite protests from Brisbane over a double move, his second career try was given the go-ahead from the bunker.

Adam Reynolds. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Brisbane fought back again when winger Jordan Pereira collected a rebounding pass, abruptly jumped off his right boot to cut the deficit to two in the 50th minute.

They were ahead a few minutes later when a Beau Fermor error gave them position on the court and Tyson Gamble offloaded for Reynolds to make it 16-12.

The try took Reynolds to 2,000 career points, with the former Rabbitoh becoming the eighth player in Premiership history to reach the milestone. He’s still a far cry from record holder Hazem El Masri’s 2,786, but topping that tally isn’t entirely out of the question for the 32-year-old half.

“I didn’t know that, obviously it’s nice. It’s something I’ll come back to at the end of my career, but for now I hope to keep scoring even more points,” he told Fox League after the game.

Second player Zac Hosking ran away from Reynolds to cross a staggered defensive line in the 65th minute to stretch to score what looked like his first NRL try, but the bunker disallowed it because the ball grazed the grass before touching the ground, constituting the lesser of the double movements.

The bunker came on again in the 70th minute when the Titans thought they had leveled the scores when Sami sprinted past a Sexton grubber but replays showed he missed.

Fifita followed up an impressive debut with a kick return from her Brisbane half-time dead-ball line late in the play to give the Titans another chance to snatch victory from the visitors, but they failed to the end of the set.

Titans coach Justin Holbrook followed the Maroons playbook by starting Tino Fa’asuamaleaui on the bench while the Broncos opted to rest representative trio Corey Oates, Kurt Capwell and Pat Carrigan, with the young winger Selwyn Cobbo, who was eliminated early in Origin III, had received the weekend when the team was named on Tuesday.

“We were a bit unlucky not to get the win there, but we are improving. We just have to make sure our defense is good every week,” said Fa’asuamaleaui.

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