A chaotic try to Gold Coast Titans’s AJ Brimson has got the Titans out of jail with an 8-6 NRL win over the hapless Wests Tigers.
Trailing 6-2 and with the match seemingly set to be the first tryless first grade rugby league match in 29 years, Brimson’s effort with one minute to play snatched the victory for the hosts.
The result means the Titans are through to week two of the finals while the Tigers’ season is over.
The winning play was fitting for a largely forgettable match that was low on quality and high on errors.
A chip kick by Titans half-back Toby Sexton hit the upright and bounced inside the penalty area where it was fielded by Jock Madden.
The Titans have snatched a last-gasp victory over the Tigers, with AJ Brimson scoring in the dying seconds to earn his side their first win of the year.
The Tigers five-eighth however lost possession after being hit by a Titans player, Brimson pouncing on the loose ball to ground it with one hand and steal the win.
The loss will be devastating for the winless Tigers, who held a four-point advantage after a trio of Luke Brooks penalties.
Neither team shone in a scrappy first half that was punctuated by ex-Tiger Corey Thompson spilling the ball with the line at his mercy in the 19th minute.
Titans captain Tino Fa’asuamaleaui was placed on report for a lifting tackle on James Tamou in the 14th minute while Tiger Alex Twal also got placed on report for a crusher on Sexton which led to the first score of the game in the 37th minute.
Liddle was assessed for possible concussion after a head clash with Fotuaika left the Tigers’ hooker bleeding from the nose but he was cleared to return.
The defeat leaves the Tigers rooted to the bottom of the ladder with no wins from four matches while Gold Coast are now 2-2.
The Titans host Parramatta next weekend while the Tigers travel to play Cronulla in their next fixture.