Gold Coast have snapped their NRL losing streak in a match marred by a controversial obstruction call against the Sydney Roosters.
The Titans, who had lost their past five matches, claimed a hard-fought 26-6 win on Monday at CBUS Super Stadium.
But the Roosters were left fuming when a sensational 70m try midway through the second half – when they trailled 8-6 – was overturned for obstruction.
Roosters skipper Jake Friend thought he had capped off a brilliant four-pointer before referee Gavin Badger asked for a possible obstruction early in the play to be checked.
The bunker reviewed the incident 40 metres from the tryline where Daniel Tupou jinked to his right behind Latrell Mitchell.
In the process Titans halfback Ashley Taylor made the slightest of contact with Mitchell but enough for the try to be disallowed.
Within minutes of the ruling the Titans scored three quick tries through David Mead, Chris McQueen and Will Zillman to pull away.
Despite the controversy the final result was just reward for the Titans, who dominated the opening half but only had a two-point lead to show for it.
A brilliant breakaway effort by 18-year-old Mitchell midway through the half had given the Roosters an unlikely lead after the hosts had been camped inside their opponent’s 20 for most of the game’s early passages.
Impressive forward Agnatius Paasi’s desperate effort in the shadows of halftime however proved crucial, giving the hosts a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.