A PHILLIP Sami hat-trick and some inspired Gold Coast defence have helped the Titans, which includes Kiama product Mitch Rein, snap their horror run against big brother Brisbane, which includes Gerringong’s Korbin Sims, in a 26-14 win at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday night.
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The upset stopped a run of seven straight Broncos wins over the Titans and 11 at Suncorp Stadium, with their last coming at the venue in 2007.
The Titans' right edge was shamelessly exposed by St George Illawarra in a nine-try 54-8 romp last Sunday, with coach Garth Brennan calling for more trust in their defensive line.
And they responded, with the Titans making a defensive statement and running riot down the left against the flat-looking Broncos.
Kane Elgey created the first points in just the second minute when his cut-out pass found 20-year-old left winger Sami.
Ashley Taylor's flat pass then put Dale Copley through before the Broncos finally responded thanks to an Andrew McCullough dummy following a mountain of possession.
The Titans' forwards combined for the visitors' third try after having one disallowed, with Ryan James's pin-point grubber finding Sami all alone for his second.
Soon after Sami picked up a cross-field bomb and put in a kick of his own to fellow winger Anthony Don, who leapt high above the pack and landed with the ball for a 20-8 lead.
Sami continued his dream night with a third try following a raft of Broncos mistakes to seal the result.
Kodi Nikorima punctuated an otherwise quiet night from the Brisbane halves when he darted through a hole for a late consolation try as the Titans improved to 2-2.
Brennan dropped Bryce Cartwright to the bench and Leilani Latu altogether this week, with captain James's 135 metres and 36 tackles coinciding with a much stiffer presence in the middle.
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