Gold Coast Titans vs Brisbane Broncos (Sunday 4:10pm, CBUS)
Last Five: Broncos 4 wins, Titans 1 win
This could be a historic weekend if the Gold Coast Titans are to prevail over the Broncos. Not only would it be their seventh win in twenty-six outings over Brisbane, but it would be the first time they’ve clean swept the Broncos in the same season. Brisbane eventually got it together in the second half against Canberra last week thanks to a single-handed effort by Anthony Milford. On the downside they lose strike power out wide from Corey Oates and Jimmy the Jet. Gold Coast got it together in the last twenty minutes to defeat Wests Tigers at Leichhardt, inspired by AJ Brimson. Two big losses in Jai Arrow and Jarrod Wallace. How much influence will Ash Taylor have on the result? Surely it’s not a repeat of the fifty point loss the Titans encountered at CBUS last year when these two sides met.
PRECITION: Titans 26 Broncos 22
STATE OF ORIGIN – QUEENSLAND VS NEW SOUTH WALES (Wednesday 8pm, Suncorp)
Last Five: New South Wales 3 wins, Queensland 2 wins
Before last weekend my money would have been on Queensland to thump New South Wales in Billy Slater’s farewell. What a difference a week makes with the loss of GI, Kalyn Ponga and Dylan Napa under a cloud. The Blues have come out the weekend slightly better with Boyd Cordner the most likely in doubt with a dodgy calf. This game is spiced up with the Maroons denials about DCE being in the ‘never to return’ category and now he’s back thanks to a poor series from Ben Hunt. On-field, if New South Wales are going to dominate out wide it’s a must that Queensland land blows up front. Which forward will stand up and be counted?
PRECITION: New South Wales 20 Queensland 12