State of Play
Kane Elgey (Ankle, Round 18)
William Zillman (Back, Indefinite)
Beau Falloon (Wrist, Round 18)
Matt Srama (Ankle, Round 16)
Greg Bird (Round 18)
Season to Date
The Gold Coast Titans have defied critics and turmoil both on and off the field to find themselves only one win outside the top eight at the halfway mark of the 2015 season. At the beginning of the year, most rugby league pundits predicted the Titans to be dwelling in the bottom four, however the Gold Coast have displayed plenty of courage on their way to five victories, despite being rocked with a cocaine scandal, handing ownership to the NRL,and the Daly Cherry-Evans saga. Young gun Kane Elgey has been a revelation at halfback for the Titans, and on the back of his enterprising vision and skill, the Gold Coast are displaying the most exciting attacking football that they have played since Scott Prince left the side at the end of 2012. However, Elgey isn’t the only reason that the Titans managed to score thirty points in three consecutive games for the first time in the clubs history, as Aidan Sezer has been in career best form and is forming a great halves pairing with the young halfback. It also helps that the Titans have the lethal James Roberts in the centres, who is second on the NRL try-scoring list with 11 tries from 12 appearances. His pairing with winger Anthony Don has provided the Titans with plenty of potency on the right edge, as he also has eleven tries and is leading the NRL for linebreaks. Basic errors and poor defence has let the Titans down though, and they have lost four matches this season by six points or less, including two by only a field goal.
As mentioned earlier, the Titans need to crack down on simple mistakes and missed tackles if they want to play September football. The next month of the season will be the true testing point for the Titans, as they will be without Elgey for up to six weeks with an ankle injury, and they will face the top eight bound Bulldogs and Roosters. If they are able to play with enough solidarity to notch a few wins up, the return of Elgey and Greg Bird should have them being close contenders for a top-eight position come round 26.