Instead they were shown up by a side with lofty ambitions of their own – the Eels moving to a 13-4 season record to maintain their comfy gap on fifth.
Hooker Mahoney was in everything in a successful return from the injury that ruined his chances of a Queensland Origin debut, while centre Ryan Matterson added a try to his dominant game after halftime.
“It’s been a tough week, everyone’s lives turned upside down, but we made a point of getting on with it and needed to show that in the first half,” Eels coach Brad Arthur said.
“He’s pretty good Reedy, threw some nice passes, helped out the young halves and steadied the ship, took a fair bit of responsibility and brought the energy.”
Suspended for Queensland’s Origin Game 3 win on Wednesday, Fifita arrived at Cbus Super Stadium fresh but, despite narrowly missing out on a try-scoring double, was subbed in the first half and finished with just 69 metres from nine runs.
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The Eels were without Blues prop Junior Paulo but a long-range Dylan Brown try broke the shackles in the ninth minute, before Titans forward Kevin Proctor tipped Isaiah Papali’i dangerously in a tackle and was sent to the bin.
The brief one-man advantage was all the visitors needed, Shaun Lane and Mahoney scoring easy tries and Moses’ replacement Haze Dunster scooping up a Clint Gutherson kick to make it three inside five minutes.
Titans coach Justin Holbrook lamented an early missed chance and Proctor’s sin-bin, which in his view was a case of the punishment not fitting the crime.
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