Titans belt Warriors for NRL finals spot

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Gold Coast are through to the NRL finals for the first time in five seasons after thrashing the Warriors 44-0 in a spiteful clash.

Their 10th victory of the season - and biggest win in the club's history - locked in an elimination final against Sydney Roosters in Townsville on Saturday night while also snuffing out Cronulla's finals hopes.

Try doubles from David Fifita and rookie fullback Jayden Campbell lifted the Titans from 10th into eighth spot, having needed to win by a minimum 11 points.

It will be the first time the Titans have played finals since finishing eighth in 2016 when they were knocked out in week one in a 44-28 loss to Brisbane.

"It's excellent, isn't it?" said second-year Titans coach Justin Holbrook.

"You only ever prepare to win a game of footy, you don't talk about the 11 or 12 points you've got to win by, so for the players to handle that the way they did and to have our best win ever is even better."

Marquee second-rower Fifita was again huge off the bench with a try in either half, taking his tally to 17 for the season, a club record ahead of David Mead and James Roberts (equal on 16).

But it was Campbell, son of club legend Preston, who lit up the field.

In just his sixth NRL game, the 21-year-old continued to build a case to claim the No.1 spot from injured Queensland fullback AJ Brimson next season.

His two tries, 222 running metres, eight tackle-breaks and a try assist will do his chances no harm.

"I knew when he got the chance he'd be ready for it, but it's important for us not to put a lot of pressure on him," Holbrook said.

"He's such a natural and instinctive type of player who enjoys his footy and obviously he did that today."

But while the Titans were celebrating, it was a miserable end to a gutsy season for the Warriors who were down to just 10 players late in the game.

Emotion bubbled over with 16 minutes to play as Jazz Tevaga was sent to the sin bin for escalating a melee, Matt Lodge's late hit on Tyrone Peachey sparking a similar incident just a minute later with Lodge and Kane Evans subsequently marched from the field.

Evans will be looking at more time on the sidelines for throwing punches while Lodge could face his third suspension since joining the Warriors mid-season.

Their ugly behaviour coupled with the loss left coach Nathan Brown gutted.

"We've competed well most of the time this year and we've conducted ourselves pretty well under more difficult circumstances than anybody else, but today's performance... the club has built a lot of credibility up over the last couple of years and when you see what you see today, it sort of makes you feel a bit flat to be honest," he said.

Titans forward Jarrod Wallace was also sin-binned in the latter scuffle for running in to defend Peachey.

The incidents will be scoured over by the match review committee on Monday morning.

Titans hooker Mitch Rein was placed on report for dangerous contact on Warriors fullback Reece Walsh early in the first half.

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