The Titans Womens team have defeated the Cowboys in convincing fashion to open their Premiership account with a 9-4 victory at 1300Smiles Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The more experienced Titans appeared to handle the occasion the better in the first half setting themselves up with an unassailable 6-0 half time lead before the Cowboys fought back in the second period.
The Titans scored their first when Marama Thomas slipped between defenders to find an unmarked Taylah Connell after just 90 seconds of play.
The Cowboys had a chance to respond and were unlucky not to do just that when a pass from Riley Seamark to Anna Hicks was pulled back by the referees denying the leveller and the Titans made them pay dearly. Rebecca Mi Mi picked up from acting half and a quality ball found Georgina Rackemann on the left wing to stretch the lead out to two.
That lead was soon four when Connell served it up to Mi Mi after breaking through from half and a precision pass from Sammy Jo Curtis found the Titans co-captain Marikki Watego.
The Cowboys had enough opportunities in the first half but couldn’t control the ball and every time they handed over possession the Titans marched up the field and hurt them on the scoreboard. Bec Goulding found her way into the in-goal area but couldn’t find an unmarked team mate but Curtis showed them how it was done at the other end with another precision pass hitting Mi Mi for her to score her second.
The Titans continued the first half route with Leesa Mi Mi getting in on act just before the break courtesy of sister Rebecca’s speed something the Cowboys struggled to contain as they headed into half time at 6-0 down.
The start of the second half was more of the first for the Titans with Ash Kearney sweeping around the ruck and with too much speed dived over the take the score out to a commanding 7-0 lead.
The Cowboys got their first try five minutes into the second half and it was well deserved for Riley Seamark. Seamark delivered a stellar captain’s performance as she probed the Titans defence all day and finally got some rewards for her work diving over to get the Cowboys scoreboard attendant out of their chair.
The Cowboys were back in two minutes later and again it was Seamark splitting the defence to find an open Anna Hicks. Any thoughts of a serious comeback were quickly snuffed out when Sammy Jo Curtis broke through from half to set up Rackemann’s second with a miraculous pass around-the-corner pass.
The Cowboys were the better of the two teams in the second half, albeit marginally and late tries to Bec Goulding and Georgia Harris for the home team will give them plenty of positives to take away from the 9-4 loss.