GOLD Coast coach John Cartwright yesterday received the perfect birthday present as the Titans gift-wrapped a finals spot with a commanding 30-10 victory over the New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
As cheap air jordan shoes far as birthday wishes go, not even blowing out the 44 candles on his cake could have delivered Cartwright a better result as the Titans reaffirmed themselves as genuine premiership contenders.
You could have piled the total number of Titans fans in the stands into a mini-van, so the Gold Coast were forced to look inwards to find their strength in front of 10,000 Warriors faithful.
The Titans started strongly, dominating possession and completing sets, while the Warriors pet play in the early stages was the goal line drop-out.
Capitalising on the build-up of pressure, the Gold Coast opened the scoring with a penalty goal to skipper Scott Prince before backrower Anthony Laffranchi barged over in his return from a one-match suspension.
In a glimpse of his attacking best, which has been fleeting so far this season, Prince carved the Warriors up through the middle of the field, beating hooker Lewis Brown, renowned defender Micheal Luck and fullback Kevin Locke to stretch the lead to 14-0, which the Titans held heading into the break.
The Titans red-hot start meant the Warriors crowd were kept silent.
So much so, the cheap jordan shoes biggest cheer from the New Zealand audience came during the unusual half-time entertainment as 25 blokes, wearing nothing but their undies, ran the length of the field and back in a sprint for a few prizes.
The only sour note to arise out of the match for the Titans came five minutes after the restart when prop Aaron Cannings dislocated his troublesome left shoulder and was taken from the field.
Cannings has been struggling with the injury since the pre-season and will eventually need surgery to repair the damage.
"We have got him through this far so hopefully we can get him through to the end of the year," said Cartwright.
The injury to Cannings seemed to turn the match in the Warriors favour, with the home side crossing for their fist try on the next set.
Veteran playmaker Stacey Jones put up a cross-kick which split Titans winger David Mead and centre Jordan Atkins and was then plucked from the air by hulking flyer Manu Vatuvei.
When the Warriors scored an almost identical try seven minutes later, with Vatuvei again touching down off a Jones cross-kick, the Titans healthy lead had narrowed to four points.
Due to several handling errors and a lopsided penalty count, the Titans were forced to turn to their defence to air jordan shoes win back momentum.
"It was also on the back of nine penalties in a row against us," said Cartwright.
"In today game, to defend that is an enormous effort.
"I don think a Gold Coast team has ever won over here, so we cheap air jordan had a lot going against us.
"We haven been playing all that well and definitely not been defending well. But we turned that around today."
Their defence soon paid dividends, with a worn-down Warriors capitulating and the Titans firing with a try-scoring double to Mat Rogers and a four-pointer to winger Kevin Gordon.