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NRL Match Preview: Gold Coast Titans vs Canberra Raiders

Date: Sunday July 13

Venue: Cbus Super Stadium

Kick Off: 2PM

 

Teams

Titans: William Zillman, Kevin Gordon, James Roberts, Brad Takairangi, David Mead, Maurice Blair, Daniel Mortimer, Luke Bailey, Beau Falloon, Luke Douglas, Greg Bird (capt), Mark Minichiello, Paul Carter. Interchange: Matthew White, David Taylor, Nate Myles (capt), Albert Kelly, Cody Nelson, Mark Ioane, Matt Srama, Tom Kingston (four to be omitted).

Raiders: Anthony Milford, Jarrod Croker, Brenko Lee, Sami Sauiluma, Terry Campese (capt), Josh McCrone, David Shillington, Glen Buttriss, Brett White, Josh Papalii, Jarrad Kennedy, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Kurt Baptiste, Paul Vaughan, Dane Tilse, Shannon Boyd, Joel Edwards (one to be omitted).

 

Preview

Returning for the Titans are Origin trio Greg Bird, Nate Myles and Dave Taylor who could be key in this battle, meanwhile, the Raiders will need to find a winger after Jeremy Hawkins was named in the squad but has been denied his start by the NRL due to salary cap issues. Sami Sauiluma has been named at five eighth with Josh McCrone at hooker. Joel Edwards has been brought in and looks set to feature off the bench as Matthew Allwood and Jack Wighton come out of the team.

Nate Myles ans Greg Bird were at odds on Wednesday so it will be interesting to see how the relationship between the two Titans co-captains has recovered – Bird put two big hits on Myles during the match, before the Myles stuck his elbow into the throat of Bird during a clash causing the Blues lock to stay down for some time.

However, their relationship might not be important with their opponents in woeful form. The Raiders have lost their last four and are only playing for pride at this stage but, were it not for an incredible upset on Monday against the Rabbitohs, the Titans would have been too. Either way, both teams have let down their fans this season and will undoubtedly be looking to give them something to celebrate for once.

It’s quite a surprise to see both teams struggling at the bottom of the ladder considering the size of the pack which both sides possess. But, the Titans should have the edge going forward and will benefit from a confidence boosting win last time out.

 

Prediction

Titans by 6.

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