NRL announces Titans-Tigers match to be replayed due to ‘unacceptable’ quality

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In an NRL first, Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys announced on Friday that the Gold Coast Titans’ clash with the Wests Tigers will need to be replayed.

An emergency meeting by the ARLC board overnight found the match, which featured just one try and a litany of skill errors from both sides, failed to meet the standard expected of the competition, with the two teams to be required to stage a replay in coming weeks.

“The NRL has a long and proud standing as Australia’s greatest sporting code, and accepting the performance of the Gold Coast Titans and Wests Tigers on Thursday night risks destroying that reputation,” V’landys said.

“Fans can be assured that we as a league expect better and that they deserve better. We have relayed this in no uncertain terms to Justin Holbrook and Tim Shee – I mean, er, Michael Maguire.”

The rematch is yet to be scheduled, with V’landys stating the NRL’s top priority is ensuring all records of Thursday night’s match are expunged from the public domain, any match reports removed from the internet and any physical evidence of the match occurring placed in a bin and set on fire.

Naturally, the date of the announcement has led many fans to wonder whether the news is merely an April Fool’s Day prank.

And they’d be right.

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