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NRL Match Preview: Gold Coast Titans vs Cronulla Sharks

Date: Saturday 16th May

Venue: Cbus Super Stadium

Kick-Off: 5.30pm


Titans Team: 1) Josh Hoffman 2) Anthony Don 3) James Roberts 4) William Zillman 5) David Mead 6) Aidan Sezer 7) Kane Elgey 8) Luke Douglas 9) Kierran Moseley 10) Nate Myles 11) Ryan James 12) Dave Taylor 13) Lachlan Burr Int: 14) Matt White 15) Edward Pettybourne 16) Mark Ioane 17) Daniel Mortimer

Sharks Team: 1) Ben Barba 2) Valentine Holmes 3) Gerard Beale 4) Blake Ayshford 5) Michael Gordon 6) Jack Bird 7) Jeff Robson 8) Andrew Fifita 9)Michael Ennis 10) Matt Prior 11) Jayson Bukuya 12) Wade Graham 13) Luke Lewis Int: 14) Sami Sauiluma 15) Tinirau Arona 16) David Fifita 17) Sam Tagataese

Last 10 Meetings

Sharks 12-18 Titans – March 10th 2014

Sharks 12-10 Titans – March 10th 2013

Sharks 22-12 Titans – June 10th 2012

Sharks 16-20 Titans – August 6th 2011

Titans 12-36 Sharks – June 25th 2011

Sharks 30-16 Titans – August 28th 2010

Titans 20-10 Sharks – August 23rd 2009

Sharks 30-14 Titans – June 1st 2008

Titans 18-4 Sharks – March 29th 2008

Sharks 28-12 Titans – August 25th 2007


The last time Cronulla Sharks were on the Gold Coast was four years ago, when they punished the Titans in a 36-12 victory.

It was their first away win in the fixture and they will be hoping for another pleasant visit on Saturday when the two lock horns at the Cbus Super Stadium.

The Sharks will be reeling from their last minute defeat at the hands of the Warriors as they were undone by the magic of Sean Johnson who snatched a 20-16 win for his side.

Titans had their three game winning run ended in emphatic fashion as the in-form Raiders inflicted a 56-16 hammering on them at GIO Stadium.

David Fifita and Michael Gordon return for the visitors however they are without veteran prop forward Anthony Tupou, who copped the knee of Konrad Hurrell in round nine and is a doubt for the remainder of the season with a broken jaw.

Greg Bird is out for the Titans as he continues to serve a suspension for a dangerous throw which will see him miss the entire State of Origin series.

Since Jack Bird broke onto the scene with a try double in round five to steer the Sharks to victory over the Roosters they have been a different side, and if they are to take two points home from the Gold Coast they will be relying on the young half once again.

There are a few strike players on show who could light this one up, with Bird and Ben Barba for the visitors and Josh Hoffman and David Mead for the hosts, with all four having the ability to produce that match winning moment.

To produce that though they will need their big hitters to lay down a platform as the two heavyweight packs will be ready to go head to head. The side that fronts up and wins the battle in the middle of the field should be the side that wins the game, as their strike players will be unleashed off the back of their dominance up front.

Prediction: With the side’s sitting 13th and 14th respectively it should be a close game and I’m tipping the Sharks to just edge it after their spirited revival over the last couple of weeks. Sharks 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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