A high shot on Scott Prince sparked a stunning 34-12 comeback win for the Gold Coast Titans yesterday that may have also knocked the Eels' finals hopes on the head. A groggy Prince picked himself up from the turf after a 46th minute hit that landed Ben Smith on report - then inspired the Titans to do the same after they trailed 12-0 at half time. Prince was the inspiration as the Titans piled on six unanswered second-half tries to put Parramatta at serious risk of missing the top eight in 2010.
But Prince may find it hard to remember all the details of their third straight win after wearing Smith's elbow early in the second half as he launched a kick. "It [high shot] sort of got me into the game," Prince smiled. But John Cartwright, the Titans coach, could not see the funny side of either Smith's hit or a 52nd minute swinging arm on Mat Rogers that also left Fuifui Moimoi on report. Especially after he was told Dan Anderson, the Eels coach, had complained post-match about the Titans getting away with "about four" high shots on Jarryd Hayne in the first half.
"There was genuine pressure [from the Titans] but no malice - I think there were a couple with a bit of intent [from the Eels]," Cartwright said. Meanwhile, the Brisbane Broncos recruitment chief Andrew Gee has admitted any deal for Melbourne Storm's superstar centre Greg Inglis is out of their hands. The Broncos put the first offer to Inglis's agent on July 12, but since then Gold Coast have weighed in with a bid.
Melbourne, who have already released several players to get under the salary cap next season after being punished for breaking the limit, are quietly confident about keeping Inglis. "We're in the same place as a few weeks ago and we're waiting to hear back [from Inglis]," Gee said yesterday. "It's totally out of our hands." On the pitch, the Broncos beat North Queensland 34-26 yesterday. * Agencies