NRL match preview: Gold Coast Titans vs Brisbane Broncos

Date:Friday, 11th April 2014
Venue:CBUS Super Stadium
Home team: 1.David Mead 2.Kevin Gordon 3.Maurice Blair 4.Brad Takairangi 5.Anthony Don 6.Aidan Sezer 7.Albert Kelly 8.Luke Douglas 9.Beau Falloon 10.Nate Myles (c) 11.Greg Bird (c) 12.Dave Taylor 13.Ashley Harrison.Interchange:14.Matthew White 15.Luke Bailey 16.Mark Minichiello 17.Paul Carter

Away team: 1.Ben Barba 2.Daniel Vidot 3.Jack Reed 4.Justin Hodges (c) 5.Dale Copley 6.Josh Hoffman 7.Ben Hunt 8.Josh McGuire 9.Andrew McCullough 10.Corey Parker (c) 11.Alex Glenn 12.Sam Thaiday 13.Matt Gillett. Interchange:14.Martin Kennedy 15.Todd Lowrie 16.Ben Hannant 17.Corey Oates 18.Jarrod Wallace

Not many people would have predicted that after 5 rounds of the 2014 NRL season the Gold Coast Titans would be sitting atop the ladder. But that is where they are, albeit with a negative points differential, and they head into Friday’s Queensland derby with the Brisbane Broncos full of confidence.

The Broncos are in third position and are coming off a disappointing loss to a rejuvenated Parramatta Eels side, so they will be ready to bounce back.

Captain Justin Hodges returns to the starting side and look for him to terrorise the Titans left side defence with his fancy footwork and fend. If the likes of Barba, Hunt and Hoffman can get him early ball, he will be in for quite a night. The Titans welcome back five eighth Aidan Sezer, pushing Maurice Blair back to the centres.

The Broncos form has been a bit patchy and it’s time for them to string a few wins together. it’s great to see a player of the calibre of Hodges back and fully fit, and with Barba looking better each week and Hunt in career best form, this will be a really good match.

Titans by 10.

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