The Gold Coast Titans are the highest-ranked Queensland club on the NRL ladder after trumping the North Queensland Cowboys on Sunday.
In their sixth consecutive defeat, the Cowboys were made to look foolish as they conceded 20 unanswered points during the first half on the Gold Coast.
The Titans scored four tries in the first 40 minutes, with fullback Alexander Brimson snaring his second NRL double in the process.
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Queensland Maroons coach Kevin Walters gave a brutally honest assessment of North Queensland’s performance just before the halftime break.
“They have been dismal,” Walters said on Fox League.
“Their ball-handling has been poor. They just haven’t been able to build any pressure on this Titans side, who continue to score points and come up with clever plays at the right time.”
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At halftime, NRL 360 host Ben Ikin claimed the Cowboys “seem to be lacking any sort of enthusiasm for the contest.
“The Cowboys are giving the Titans far too many opportunities to have this game without having to fight for the result.
“There’s no fight in the Cowboys.”
Nine News sports reporter Dominique Loudon tweeted: “Loving this from the Titans. But by golly the Cowboys are baaad.”
Commonwealth Games athlete Shannon McCann posted: “Why do the Cowboys defensive line always look like they’re only playing with 12?”
Sydney Roosters great Braith Anasta believed the Titans were the “best they’ve looked in a couple of years.”
But the best was yet to come for the Titans — two minutes after the interval, halfback Jamal Fogarty booted the ball past the Cowboys defensive line, but the kick seemed a bit heavy as it bounced towards the dead ball line.
As winger Kyle Feldt watched the ball, Gold Coast skipper Kevin Proctor lunged over the dead ball line, tapping the footy back into play inches from the turf.
Titans centre Brian Kelly completed the stunning try by diving onto the ball, and the home crowd went berserk.
“This was a sensational play from Kevin Proctor,” Parker cried.
“Shades of Inglis and Gasnier … what a stunning start to the second half.”
“That’s excellent; that’s a sensational try.”
Fox Sports reporter Simon Brunsdon labelled it: “Try assist of the year.”
Former Dragons star Jamie Soward tweeted: “That is awesome from Proctor.”
Sports reporter Mark Gottlieb posted: “I’ll admit I wrote Kevin Proctor off a while ago but he’s been invaluable to the Titans this season. That effort summed him up this season.”
Proctor ended the match with two try assists, a linebreak and a try, guiding Gold Coast to their first NRL win over North Queensland since 2014.
Although the Cowboys snared a couple of tries in the second half, they were unable to overcome the deficit, suffering a 30-10 defeat.
The Titans will leapfrog North Queensland on the NRL ladder, but all three Queensland-based clubs still sit in the bottom four spots.
For their next fixtures, Gold Coast will take on the Cronulla Sharks in Sydney next Saturday, while the Cowboys will be searching for their first win since June when they face the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Townsville.