Gold Coast Titans defenders wrestle with Brisbane Bronco Ben Te’o in Friday night’s trial match at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.
Gold Coast Titans defenders wrestle with Brisbane Bronco Ben Te’o in Friday night’s trial match at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex. Sarah Harvey

Young Jet bashes Broncos

WHAT a week it’s been for Ipswich Jet A J Gilbert.

Only days after becoming a first-time father he was showing up the bigger names in a barnstorming performance for the Gold Coast Titans against the Brisbane Broncos at Raceview on Friday night.

Gilbert started the match like a man on a mission, which he was.

After getting a rest midway through the game he returned and was just as damaging.

Late in the final quarter he was still dragging defenders with his powerful surges. He was rewarded with the final conversion of the night, which he nailed as the Titans won the trial 52-0.

“Going in I said ‘I’ve got to get an early touch and early tackle’,” Gilbert said.

“I’ve done a lot of work with the Jets and Titans and it really showed.”

Gilbert will now return to the Ipswich Jets and knows there is a long way to go before he gets another chance in a Titans jersey.

“Obviously it is still a long way off the NRL,” he said.

“There are still a lot of little things left to get right.

“I found myself out of position a few times.”

It is not surprising since it was the former Queensland Reds player’s first game of league at this level.

“As for the running and tackling I felt I held my own,” he said.

“It was good for my confidence for the rest of the season.”

Boonah’s Marshall Chalk was not as dynamic in his first hit-out for the Titans but he achieved his goals.

Chalk was only given a clearance to play on his injured knee during the week leading up to the game so it was decided not to throw him into the forwards just yet.

Instead he played half a game in the centres and the final quarter at fullback.

“The plan coming in was to get the injury right and do nothing too strenuous,” he said. “I felt pretty good.”

Chalk was impressed at how his Jets companions Gilbert, Jacob Ling and Warren Schillings fared.

“They held their own and played well,” he said. “I’m sure it didn’t go unnoticed.”

Titans coach John Cartwright confirmed as much.

“They did a good job,” he said.

“They really made the most of their chances.”



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