Michael Gordon starred in the Titans' victory. Inset: Moses Mbye.
Michael Gordon starred in the Titans' victory. Inset: Moses Mbye.

Dog of a day as Flash sours Mbye’s farewell

A No.1 shone at Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday afternoon, but unfortunately for the departing Moses Mbye it was the veteran Michael Gordon whole stole the show as the Titans beat Canterbury 32-10 at the Bulldogs' spiritual home.

Mbye was afforded a final farewell at Belmore before linking with the Tigers next week, but Canterbury's performance was nothing to celebrate and the Bulldogs must now look to play on minus their only attacking threat.

It is Canterbury's worst start in 54 seasons.

With just three wins under their belt this year, the Bulldogs are experiencing their worst start after 14 games since their wooden spoon season in 1984.

Mbye scored a try as he brought to an end four-and-a-half year stint at Canterbury in front of a crowd of just 6874.

You could have forgiven Mbye for wanting to fast-forward through Saturday's game, as he leaves a hapless Canterbury side for a Tigers team who remain in the hunt for a top eight spot.

Thankfully for the Tigers, Mbye came through unscathed.

While Mbye tried in vain to spark his side, it was the veteran Gordon who wound back the clock as the Titans rushed to a 22-point first-half lead.

Gordon scored twice inside the opening 12 minutes - the first of those tries following a bust by Kevin Proctor - as the Titans badly exposed a flimsy Canterbury left edge of John Olive, Matt Frawley and Marcelo Montoya.

As much as Frawley struggled in defence, his attack did not fare any better.

Moses Mbye’s Bulldogs farewell was spoiled by a rampant Titans outfit. Picture: Jason McCawley/Getty Images
Moses Mbye’s Bulldogs farewell was spoiled by a rampant Titans outfit. Picture: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

He kicked one out on the full as the Bulldogs battled without Kieran Foran and the Morris twins.

While Foran has not matched his more than $1 million dollar pay cheque, he has given the side some much-needed direction.

Gordon ran for 184m, and teammate Ash Taylor laid on three tries and made three line breaks of his own in a strong performance.

Blues hopeful Ryan James put in a determined effort to crash through some flimsy defence from David Klemmer to score and extend the Titans' lead to 18 after 22 minutes.

The Titans had their next points when Taylor touched the ball twice in a play for Anthony to score in the corner in his 100th game.

The Bulldogs finally ended their points drought 35 seconds before half-time via Mbye.

Any hopes of a better second half for the Bulldogs were put to bed when Phillip Sami completed a great team movement to score six minutes after half-time.

The Bulldogs' next points came via a runaway Olive try after he scooped up a loose ball, before Proctor quashed any hopes of a comeback by easily breaking clear of a Frawley tackle to give the Titans their first win of the season outside of Queensland.

- with AAP

GOLD COAST 32 (M Gordon 2 A Don R James K Proctor P Sami tries M Gordon 4 goals) bt CANTERBURY 10 (M Mbye J Olive tries M Mbye goal) at Belmore Sports Ground. Referee: Gavin Reynolds, Chris Sutton. Crowd: 6,874.

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