Friday Night Football

Jamal Idris is beginning to find some form for the Titans. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au

Titans v Cowboys

Gold Coast will hope to continue their recent form reversal with a win over the Cowboys in a mouth-watering Friday night NRL clash. Unbackable a few weeks ago on the back of five consecutive losses the Titans have turned a corner in their 2012 campaign to record back-to-back wins against the Bulldogs and Knights. The Cowboys patchy run continues after suffering a 26-18 loss to Wests last weekend. Powerhouse forward James Tamou has been cleared to play after being cited for a late tackle on Tigers playmaker Benji Marshall.

History – The Titans will have to overcome a home ground hoodoo if they are any chance of beating the Cowboys. The Titans have been terrible at home registering just one win from their past thirteen games at Skilled Park. The Cowboys away from home form has been sensational this season registering four wins from six games on the road. The two clubs met in the opening round of the season with the Titans holding the Cowboys scoreless to record an 18-0 win.

Dangermen – The Titans have found their feet in recent weeks on the back of a strong forward pack that is finally beginning to fire. Hulking recruit Jamal Idris  is looking as imposing as ever and is starting to find some form along with speedy winger David Mead . Ashley Graham  has been on fire for the Cowboys and leads the NRL with thirteen tries from twelve games this season.

Prediction – The Titans are starting to hit their straps. The off field controversy has taken a backseat and the Titans look like they are capable of playing good footy. However, given the Titans poor home form and the Cowboys impressive record on the road, it’s hard to go past the Cowboys with Thurston steering the ship. Cowboys 1-12 .

 

Manly v St George

Defending premiers Manly return to Brookvale for a classic Friday night encounter against St George this week. Star five eight Keiren Foran has been named by Geoff Toovey after overcoming a troublesome hamstring injury that his plagued his 2012 campaign while Steve Matai has been ruled out for two weeks through suspension. The disappointing Dragons welcome back Nathan Fien to their interchange bench.

History – NSW custodian Brett Stewart has not played in a losing team at Brookvale since 2008 and will hope to continue his impressive record to continue St George’s poor start to the season. The Sea Eagles will need to overcome a poor record against the Dragons after winning only three of their past fifteen games.

Dangermen – Manly fullback Brett Stewart  has been a revelation for the Sea Eagles this season lurking around the middle of the field and orchestrating backline moves adding an extra element to the Sea Eagles attack. Dragons winger Jason Nightingale is always a handful in defence with his blockbusting runs and is lethal underneath the high ball.

Prediction – Expect the Sea Eagles to come out firing after a disappointing loss to the Panthers last week. The Dragons horror start to the season is set to continue and Manly should win in emphatic fashion. Manly 13+ .

 

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