PARTY TIME: Nathan Peats of the Titans (left) celebrates victory in a thriller against Penrith at Pepper Stadium.
PARTY TIME: Nathan Peats of the Titans (left) celebrates victory in a thriller against Penrith at Pepper Stadium. Mark Kolbe

Peats leads from the front in Titans’ win

NATHAN Peats made an instant impression at his new club, helping the Titans to a thrilling 28-24 win over Penrith at Pepper Stadium.

The crafty hooker, playing in his first match since being cut by the Eels so they could fit under the salary cap, scored a try and set up another.

He burrowed over to level the scores at 18-all in the 64th minute.

The 25-year-old then went down the short side with a pass to halfback Ashley Taylor, who dummied and scored for the visitors to level the game up again at 24-all in the 75th minute.

Taylor was outstanding in a Titans team which never gave up all afternoon despite trailing on four different occasions.

The young playmaker was a key influence in the Gold Coast's winning try, picking up a Tyrone Peachey lost ball and scooting downfield with just over two minutes on the clock. On the next tackle, Leivaha Pulu threw a beautiful cut-out pass down the short side for winger Anthony Don to streak away and score the winner in the right-hand corner.

The Panthers' loss was further soured with what looked like a serious knee injury to centre Peta Hiku.

 

TITANS 28 (G Bird, A Paasi, N Peats, A Taylor, A Don tries; T Roberts 2, A Taylor 2 goals) PANTHERS 24 (D Watene-Zelezniak, T Peachey, J Mansour, L Latu tries; J Soward 4 goals). Crowd: 11,210 at Pepper Stadium yesterday afternoon.



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