Taylor settles golden-point thriller as Titans edge Rabbitohs
Ashley Taylor sealed a golden-point victory for Gold Coast Titans on Sunday as they overcame South Sydney Rabbitohs 29-28 in an NRL thriller.
Tries from Ryan James, Taylor and Tyrone Roberts put the Titans 18-0 to the good five minutes into the second half, only for Bryson Goodwin and winger Dane Nielsen to cross, cutting the gap to eight points.
James' second looked to have put Gold Coast back in command but South Sydney stormed back, Cody Walker jinking his way over before Siosifa Talakai scored with his first NRL touch.
The points appeared to have been secured after Nene MacDonald leapt to collect a high kick to the corner and offloaded to Josh Hoffman for the Titans' fifth try, but Roberts failed with the conversion from out wide to keep the lead at six points.
And Souths quickly took advantage of that inability to add the extras as Cameron McInnes stepped inside Nathan Davis to touch down, with Adam Reynolds converting to send the contest to golden point.
After Reynolds had been unsuccessful with two drop-goal attempts, the half-back seemed to have completed a remarkable comeback when he squeaked over a one-pointer, only for it to be ruled out for obstruction by prop Nathan Brown.
Gold Coast did not waste that extra opportunity, with Taylor nailing a drop-goal from nearly 30 metres out in the second extra-time period to seal a dramatic triumph in Perth.
The Titans are now two points ahead of the Rabbitohs in eighth place, while second-bottom Sydney Roosters avoided a third straight defeat with a 32-18 win over Wests Tigers.
Sydney ran in five tries to record only their third win of a disappointing campaign and pull within two points of the similarly lowly Titans.