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NRL match preview: Gold Coast Titans vs Melbourne Storm

Date: Monday 16th June
Venue: Robina Stadium
Kick-off: 7:00pm 

Teams

Titans: William Zillman, Kevin Gordon, Brad Tighe, Brad Takairangi, David Mead, Maurice Blair, Albert Kelly, Luke Bailey, Beau Falloon, Luke DouglasPaul CarterDavid Taylor, Ben Ridge. Interchange: Matthew White, Mark Minichiello, James Roberts, Matt Srama, Caleb Binge, Mark Ioane

Storm: Cameron Munster, Sisa Waqa, Mahe Fonua, Kurt Mann, Young Tonumaipea, Ben Hampton, Ben Roberts, Jesse Bromwich, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Bryan Norrie, Kevin Proctor, Tohu Harris, Kenny Bromwich. Interchange: Joel Romelo, Tim Glasby, Junior Moors, George Rose, Felise Kaufusi, Hymel Hunt, Jordan McLean, Travis Robinson

Preview

The Gold Coast Titans take on the Melbourne Storm in a game they must win to try and turn around their season which has gone from leading the competition in Round 6, to losing four games in a row and slipping to 10th.

Both sides will be missing their star names as this Monday night clash will be played just two days before a huge Origin encounter and it will be all about who has more strength in depth out of the two.

The Titans go into this one after the current leaders, Penrith Panthers, subjected them to a 36-14 defeat and the Storm, without Cooper Cronk, have lost heavily to North Queensland and Sydney Roosters in their last two outings.

Co-captains Greg Bird and Nate Myles are both sitting this one out because of Origin duty while Ashley Harrison and Aidan Sezer are both still missing through injury for the Titans.

The Storm have been hit more heavily by State of Origin as they are without Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Ryan Hoffman and Will Chambers along with Cooper Cronk who broke his arm in Origin I.

This will be a test for the squad players who step in and fill the void left by the Origin stars and it will be an interesting matchup between two sides whose form is dipping all of a sudden. They will both be desperate to stop the rut and get back to winning ways sooner rather than later.

Only points difference separates these two sides in the ladder and it is set to be as close on the scoreboard when they go head to head on Monday.

Prediction

The Titans are not as heavily hit by Origin and with Albert Kelly having a quiet few rounds he is due a big performance. I am going for Titans by 6.

My name is Sean Hayes. I am from Widnes, England. I am currently studying journalism at Salford University. Aspiring sports journalist and rugby league fanatic whether it is watching, playing or writing about the greatest game! Follow me on twitter @SHayesNBL

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