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Titans keep NRLW finals chances alive while dream is almost over for Eels




Forty-year-old prop Steph Hancock has gone to the top of the NRLW’s try-scoring charts to help keep Gold Coast’s season alive with an 18-16 win over Parramatta.

In a crucial match for both teams, the Titans raced out to an 18-4 lead at halftime before holding on after the break to claim their first win of the season in Melbourne.

The result leaves Parramatta winless after four rounds, with their season effectively over unless a string of results go in their favour over the next week.

The Titans meanwhile will live to fight another day, able to qualify for a second-straight finals series if they beat the Sydney Roosters at Central Coast Stadium next Sunday.

They were also forced to ice the match without halfback Lauren Brown, who was taken from the field with 12 minutes to play after being hit late by Kennedy Cherrington.

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And they did it off the back of their forwards.

One of the greats of the women’s game, veteran Hancock scored the Titans’ first when she claimed her fourth try of the season from close distance.

The front-rower is now top of the charts for this season, while she remains equal-second on the all-time lists with eight tries in her last eight matches.

Fellow prop Shannon Mato also bagged a first-half try as part of a mammoth effort up front, before George Hale and Kimiora Breayley-Nati put Jessika Elliston over for the 14-point halftime lead.

But Parramatta were not willing to go away.

Simima Taufa put the Eels back in the match when she busted through a hole and went 30 metres to score before Rima Butler made it a two-point game with seven minutes to play.

But ultimately crucial errors out of their own end would come back to burn the Eels, as they sunk to defeat by a narrow margin for the third straight week to cruel their season.

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