Loss to Warriors could get worse for Titans
TITANS prop Jarrod Wallace has likely crushed his own Origin dreams with a braindead shoulder charge as the Warriors trashed the Gold Coast's 10th anniversary party.
Wallace will be sweating bullets when the match review committee sits down to review the 34-12 thumping, thanks to a 40th minute off-the-ball shot on Blake Ayshford as he tried to reel in an errant pass.
Touted to earn a maiden Maroons start to reinforce Queensland's badly beaten pack from Origin I, even a grade-one shoulder charge finding against Wallace will carry a base penalty of 200 points at the judiciary.
That translates to a two-game ban before carry-over points or good behaviour records are taken into account, leaving Wallace and coach Kevin Walters in dire straits if he is charged prior to the Maroons team announcement on Monday.
On a day when the Titans were celebrating a decade in the NRL, the halves pairing seen as their future was taken to school by their illustrious Warriors counterparts, though the visitors finished with concerns of their own over a feared quad tear to Kieran Foran.
The Bulldogs-bound playmaker was carried off after being caught awkwardly in a Ryan James tackle at the 63rd minute, ending his day in the same unhappy fashion Ash Taylor's started.
Taylor's opening minutes amounted to a sprayed conversion and a clearing kick sent so far awry it ended up in the stands on the full, and didn't get any better from there as three tries in seven minutes before halftime gave the Warriors an unassailable 24-4 lead.
Elgey kicked off with first points of the day in the sixth minute after Jarryd Hayne had created space down the left edge, but the five-eighth also sent two passes over the sidelines before an early shower himself due to a sternum injury.
Targeting Taylor, who finished the match with four missed tackles and two errors, Shaun Johnson sent Ryan Hoffman ploughing through a hole left by the young No. 7 for a try in his 300th NRL game.
While the Gold Coast's monster rookie Morgan Boyle rattled up 90-odd running metres in the opening 25 minutes, it was all the Warriors and their star Kiwi halves from there out.
Johnson handled twice in the hot-potato lead-up to Blake Ayshford's 30th minute four-pointer, while a minute later Foran was nailing the same pass Elgey couldn't for Ken Maumalo to cross in the corner.
When Roger Tuivasa-Sheck cut through with pace rarely seen since joining the Warriors, the lead was out to 20, the rain bucketing down and the Titans party a washout.
Both the elements and the Warriors eased off after the break, and when Hayne scythed through a disjointed defence to start the second stanza worries of another Warriors fade-out set in.
But with a first away win of 2017 in the offing, the Warriors held their nerve, while the Titans familiar injury carnage ramped up once more.
Both Konrad Hurrell (ankle) and Karl Lawton (shoulder) joined Elgey in the sheds before full-time, while Ayshford's second try for the day put the result on ice despite a late return of serve by Dale Copley.
In a day with milestones everywhere you look, Warriors veteran Ryan Hoffman plays his 300th NRL game while the Titans will unveil their team of the decade at halftime.
With both sides struggling at the wrong end of the ladder Neil Henry has played his trump card, shifting star Jarryd Hayne from the centres to his preferred No. 1 jumper.