The result was a team that wanted the win more than Michael Maguire’s side.
After falling behind 12-0 in the first 12 minutes, Holbrook must have been wondering what it would take to elicit some sort of response from his team.
But they kept their composure and crossed through Kevin Proctor and Anthony Don, leaving the match precariously poised at 12-all when the half time siren rung out at an empty Suncorp Stadium.
While both tries were nice enough, it was the defence that would have given Holbrook hope. Jai Arrow, Moeaki Fotuaika, Erin Clark led the charge in defence and Sam Lisone joined Fotuaika as the Titans’ battering rams with ball in hand.
A few Titans mistakes when play resumed gifted the Tigers field position and they took advantage of the prime real estate through Joey Leilua and David Nofoaluma’s second – an acrobatic take which rivalled Don’s grab in the first half.
But Keegan Hipgrave wriggled over for his first career try and with 20 to play just four points separated the two teams.
When Taylor put a perfectly weighted grubber in behind the Tigers’ line and Brian Kelly scored 10 minutes later, a grandstand finish ensued.
At first, it appeared as though Benji Marshall would have the final say. He calmly slotted a clutch field goal with just over three minutes to play.
But the Titans weren’t done with just yet.
They took full advantage of a lucky bounce from the short kick-off and marched their way upfield.
Kelly then morphed from try scorer to try creator when he grubbered the ball in behind the Tigers’ broken defensive line in the second last minute of the match.
Sami won the race to the ball and the Titans had secured their first win in almost a year.
There were highlights aplenty for Gold Coast fans but there were only a couple of bright spots for the Tigers.
The first was Nofoaluma’s double. The quiet achiever on the right wing took his season total to six after intercepting a Taylor pass in the first half and claiming an Adam Doeuihi cross-field kick in the second.
The other key takeaway for both Maguire and Queensland coach Kevin Walters was the performance of Harry Grant. The 22-year-old is a star in the making. The No. 9 jersey will be Jake Friend’s this season but Grant is the future for Queensland.
Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.