The Gold Coast Titans will host the Manly Sea Eagles at CBUS Super Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kick off 5:30pm. The Sea Eagles currently sit at seventh place on the ladder with Titans sitting at 11th. The Titans’ Karl Lawton has been named on the bench and will return from a hamstring injury. Dale Copley and Leivaha Pulu have been included in the starting line-up. The Sea Eagles’ fullback Tom Trbojevic has been ruled out following a knee and ankle injury suffered last week against the Brisbane Broncos, Matthew Wright has been named to replace him in the number 1 jersey.
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The Gold Coast Titans are coming off a dominant performance last week against the Melbourne Storm 38-36. The Titans took the lead in the last 10 minutes of play with fullback Tyrone Roberts and centre Konrad Hurrell both scoring tries to secure the lead. The Titans successfully came back from being down at half-time 18-16. Konrad Hurrell played one of his best games, contributing with two tries and a total of 143- metres. Prop Jarrod Wallace also played a huge role for the Titans after running the most metres last week of the match with 204 metres.
The Sea Eagles are coming off a loss against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, 24-14 in front of a crowd of 44,127 fans. The Manly Sea Eagles held the lead at half-time, 14-0 but were kept scoreless throughout the second half. The Sea Eagles had a very strong start scoring all three tries in the first 10 minutes through fullback Tom Trbojevic, Api Koroisau and Jorge Taufua. They will be looking to improve their defensive effort and avoid letting four tries in the second half by playing the full 80 minutes. The Sea Eagles will be without young gun, Tom Trbojevic after he suffered knee and ankle injuries in the loss in the second half.
The key battle will be between centres Jarryd Hayne (Titans) and Dylan Walker (Sea Eagles). Jarryd Hayne came off the field with in the 67th minute with what looked to be a leg injury but has been named in Neil Henry’s starting line-up. Hayne set up a try in the 37th minute which sent winger Anthony Don over to score which assisted the Titans to victory. Dylan Walker has been crucial for the Sea Eagles and will be looking to have a large impact to assist his side to victory. Whichever centre has more of an influence with metres, tries and/or try assists will most likely be on the winning side.
The Titans will be confident leading into the match after last week’s performance, the Sea Eagles will be determined to come back after their loss last week. With Manly’s record away from home, Manly by 10.
Titans: 1. Tyrone Roberts 2. Anthony Don 3. Jarryd Hayne 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. Dale Copley 6. Kane Elgey 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Nathan Peats 10. Ryan James 11. Chris McQueen 12. Joe Greenwood 13. Leivaha Pulu 14. Karl Lawton 15. Morgan Boyle 16. Paterika Vaivai 17. Nathaniel Peteru 18. Pat Politoni 19. John Olive 20. Max King 21. Eddy Pettybourne Sea Eagles: 1. Matthew Wright 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Dylan Walker 4. Brian Kelly 5. Akuila Uate 6. Blake Green 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Brenton Lawrence 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Frank Winterstein 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Lewis Brown 15. Jackson Hastings 16. Nate Myles 17. Addin Fonua-blake 18. Darcy Lussick 19. Cameron Cullen 20. Jonathan Wright 21. Lloyd Perrett