Date: Saturday May 24th
Venue: Robina Stadium
David Mead, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Brad Takairangi, William Zillman, Anthony Don, Beau Henry, Albert Kelly, Luke Douglas, Beau Falloon, Luke Bailey, Mark Minichiello, David Taylor, Paul Carter
Interchange: Matthew White, Mark Ioane, Ben Ridge, Matt Srama
Sam Tomkins, Kevin Locke, Ngani Laumape, Konrad Hurrell, Manu Vatuvei, Chad Townsend, Shaun Johnson, Jacob Lillyman, Nathan Friend¸ Ben Matulino, Jayson Bukuya, Ben Henry, Simon Mannering
Interchange: Siliva Havili, Suaia Matagi, Feleti Mateo, Nathaniel Peteru
The Titans have started to drop down the ladder after an impressive start to the season however, their opponents for Saturday, the Warriors, look to be hitting form and have started a climb up the NRL Ladder.
The Warriors have won the last three meetings between these sides on the Gold Coast and will be looking to continue their recent form which has seen them win two of their last three games. They narrowly lost out to the leaders, Bulldogs, in a 16-12 defeat.
Gold Coast on the other hand have been on the end of two big loses going into this one with the Rabbitohs inflicting a 18-40 defeat on the Titans and more recently Brisbane triumphing 22-8.
The Warriors will be favourites for this one, not just because of their current form but the amount of Gold Coast players missing out on this game. Aidan Seizer is the most recent to miss out due to injury as he looks set to sit out a minimum of 12 weeks after injuring his pectoral muscle. He will be replaced by the returning Albert Kelly but both co-captains miss this clash as Myles in on Origin duty and Bird is still serving a suspension. Ashley Harrison and Kevin Gordon are still out as Zilman returns to the line-up as captain.
For the Warriors, Kevin Locke starts on the wing after his appereance from the bench last weekend. Ngani Laumape moves to the centres meaning Ben Henry goes to second row. Ben Matulino returns to prop after a run in the back row and Siliva Havili makes the bench in place of Sione Lousi.
The Warriors will be looking to continue their improved run of form and take advantage of the pile up of missing stars in the Gold Coast ranks, whilst the Titans will be desperate to get out of their rut but will struggle without some big names.
Injury hit Titians could struggle and I expect the Warriors to win this one by 18.