2024 NRL: Round 16 Preview, Titans Vs Warriors

Check out the match preview and prediction for the round 16 clash between the Titans and Warriors.

MATCHDAY NEWS

MATCHDAY SCHEDULE

Gold Coast Titans Vs New Zealand Warriors
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Date: Saturday June 22, 3:00pm

MATCHDAY TEAM NEWS

Titans: 1. Keano Kini, 2. Alofiana Khan-Pereira, 3. Brian Kelly, 4. Phillip Sami, 5. Jojo Fifita, 6. Jayden Campbell, 7. Kieran Foran, 8. Keenan Palasia, 9. Chris Randall, 10. Josiah Pahulu, 11. David Fifita, 12. Beau Fermor, 13. Erin Clark, 14. Sam Verrills, 15. Isaac Liu, 16. Iszac Fa’asumaleaui, 17. Joe Stimson, 18. Tanah Boyd, 19. Jacob Alick-Wiencke, 20. Ken Maumalo, 21. Arama Hau, 22. Jaylan De Groot

Warriors: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2. Edward Kosi, 3. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 4. Adam Pompey, 5. Marcelo Montoya, 6. Te Maire Martin, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Addin Fonua-Blake, 9. Wayde Egan, 10. Jackson Ford, 11. Marata Niukore, 12. Dylan Walker, 13. Tohu Harris, 14. Chanel Harris-Tavita, 15. Jacob Laban, 16. Jazz Tevaga, 17. Tom Ale, 18. Bunty Afoa, 20. Taine Tuaupiki, 21. Moala Graham-Taufa, 22. Freddy Lussick, 23. Demitric Sifakula

Referee: Adam Gee

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MATCHDAY PREVIEW

A win over the Warriors on ANZAC Day looked like finally getting the Gold Coast Titans’ season going, however their last two games have seen them go backwards, suffering poor losses against the Rabbitohs and Wests Tigers to leave them last on the table.

The Warriors enter this game off the back of a 38-24 loss against the Melbourne Storm, breaking a three-match winning run that has them on the cusp of the top 8.

Des Hasler has made a couple of notable changes to the side that went down at Leichhardt Oval last weekend, with Moeaki Fotuaika out on Origin duty and Klese Haas out with a bruised heel. David Fifita returns to the back row, with Keenan Palasia moving from the bench to prop and Iszac Fa’asuamaleuai and Joe Stimson joining the bench.

There are changes galore for the Warriors, with Kurt Capewell and Mitch Barnett both in Origin camp, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak suspended, and Rocco Berry injured. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck makes a timely return at centre, Edward Kosi comes into the side on a wing, Tohu Harris moves to the back row from the bench and Jacob Laban and Tom Ale both come onto the interchange.

The Titans have spent most of the 2024 season creating opportunities but coming up just short of victory, with last week’s loss against Wests Tigers the latest addition to that list. The Warriors have been hot-and-cold, producing streaks of multiple wins and losses throughout the season. Having finally found some consistency with wins against the Panthers, Dolphins and Cowboys, only to return to old habits against Melbourne.

The Warriors have the better of head-to-head results between the two clubs overall, winning 20 of their 33 meetings. The Titans have had the better of recent matches though, winning five from seven since 2020, after the Warriors had won 16 from 18 over the previous decade. It’s a similar story at Cbus Super Stadium, with the Warriors having won 9 from 17, but the Titans winning four of the past six after the Warriors had won seven straight.

At this time of year, anything can happen. While the Warriors will enter the match as favourites, the Titans will still be confident of claiming the victory, much as they did in Auckland in round 8.

Head-to-head stats can be found at Number Crunch Stats.

MATCHDAY PREDICTION

Check out all the NRL Predictions here.

Warriors by 12 points.

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