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August 12, 2014 11:03:37 UK
Gold Coast Titans suffered defeat to the Sydney Roosters in their final game under foundation coach John Cartwright.
Cartwright had announced last week he was stepping down after eight years in the job, and his hopes of departing with a win were blown away in the second half of a 26-18 defeat at Allianz Stadium.
The Titans, who are 4.00 to beat Manly next, failed to score a point after half-time as James Maloney helped the Roosters to a win that keeps them in fourth place on the NRL ladder. The Roosters are 5.50 to win the grand final.
Cartwright said: “It’s been a hard week I will be honest with you. Not with the team but in quiet times when you are on your own – it has been tough.
“We dropped some ball, and gave them a lot of field position and they are the premiers, they took advantage.
Maloney scored a try and had a hand in two others as the reigning premiers ran in five tries to three.
But he had a poor start, his loose goal-line pass being swooped on by Anthony Don in only the third minute as the Titans took the lead.
Anthony Minichiello replied four minutes later, and Maloney’s try on 20 minutes gave the Roosters the lead.
David Taylor and Greg Bird crossed for the visitors before the interval, with Aidan Sezer kicking three goals. Nene Macdonald scored the Roosters’ third try, but they trailed 18-16 at half-time.
The home side pulled away in the second half, with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck scoring in the 50th minute and Maloney setting up Michael Jennings for their fifth try 11 minutes from time.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson felt his side had tackled and run well.
He added: “It was a good old footy game in the end, there were some errors early and the game got into that broken play footy and both teams had to react a bit differently.”
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