Cowboys v Titans

The Gold Coast Titans have plenty to prove in 2012. Image courtesy of: theaustralian.com.au
The Gold Coast Titans have plenty to prove in 2012. Image courtesy of: theaustralian.com.au
The Gold Coast Titans have recruited aggressively following a disappointing 2011 season. A new look Titans outfit will be out to make a statement when they take on the North QLD Cowboys at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville on Saturday night. Titans coach John Cartwright has assembled a first class forward pack recruiting both Nate Myles and Luke Douglas who line up alongside representative players Luke Bailey, Greg Bird and Ashley Harrison.

Cowboys skipper Johnathon Thurston gets his first taste at five-eight for the Cowboys, while young gun Ray Thompson lines up inside him as halfback in place of the injured Rob Lui. Brent Tait’s injury concerns have been brushed aside with the former QLD and Australian back named in centres alongside new recruit Kane Linnett .

History: The Cowboys have struggled in round 1 over the years, winning only five from fifteen first round fixtures. The Titans have lost seven of their past eight games against Queensland opposition and the Cowboys have won the two most recent games between the sides, both of which were decided by less than twelve points 1-12 .

Dangermen: On his day, there is no better attacking weapon in the competition then the North QLD fullback Matt Bowen . Bowen has the cunning ability to chime into a backline from nowhere and continuously bobs up in broken play to catch the opposition defence knapping around the middle of the ruck.

Hulking Titans recruit Jamal Idris is a hanful in defence and will test the Titans out wide along with speed men William Zillman and David Mead who are both capable of breaking the line.

Prediction: The Titans have added a stack of big names to their 2012 roster particularly in the forwards and possess arguably one of the best packs in competition that features four current and former Australian representatives. Titans by 1-12 . 

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